Lichfield Travel Guide

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    Weighty tome in Lichfield Cathedral
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Lichfield Things to Do

  • Bread making

    Bread making day in Lichfield was a fab way to spend the afternoon with friends!We made a white loaf a wholemeal loaf so bread rolls and some delicious fougasse thatwe ate for lunch with soup!Having only tried bread making once before and it was a complete disaster this class was great.I left with lots of lovely bread and the skills to make more at...

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  • Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

    Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709 and was to become England's "greatest man of letters" of that time. Educated in Lichfield and for a short period in Oxford (he couldn't finance his studies any longer, so he had to quit), he unsuccessfully tried to work as a teacher and later even to set up his own school. Continuously struggling with...

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  • Lichfield Cathedral

    England's only medieval cathedral with three spires is the main attraction in the beautiful city of Lichfield. Symbolizing the holy Trinity, i.e. God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the spires are widely visible. Yet, when you reach the cathedral itself you find it is actually quite small.Completed in 1340 on the remains of former churches, the...

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  • Visit the Cathedral

    Lichfield Cathedral is not, perhaps, as large and impressive as many in England but it nevertheless has its own charm and sense of peace.Chad, made Bishop Of Mercia in 669, was soon sainted and his shrine became a focus for pilgrims. The first cathedral was a wooden structure, replaced by a Saxon stone structure in 1085 and the present building was...

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  • Cathedral

    The cathedral's history (and therefore the town itself) starts with one man - Chad. When he was appointed Bishop of Murcia in 669 he moved the See from Repton to Lichfield, believed to be the site of the martyrdom of thousands of christians during the reign of the Roman Emperor Dioclecian in 300AD.Chad died within 3 years of his appointment, but a...

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  • Tamworth Castle

    Shortly after the Norman conquest, Robert le Despenser built the first castle on this site. A simple moat-and-bailey fort, it was replaced in the 12th century by the present stone castle, built by Robert Marmion. The Castle changed hands many times, with numerous modifications. It was twice threatened with destruction, once by King John I as...

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  • Late Medieval buildings........

    Lichfield retains some of its original Medieval street-plan, and there are still some interesting buildings (and alleyways) dotted about. It's worth keeping your eyes open as you wander; remember to look up, as shop/house frontages have often been modernised whereas the upper floors give away the building's origins.The main picture was taken in...

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  • Pleasure gardens and promenades.....

    Lichfield has rather a lot of green spaces. Many of these were created in the late Victorian era, when the benefits of greenery, fresh air and gentle exercise were being realised (especially for the poor).Some of the spaces are classic English parks; fountain, tightly-mown lawns, flowerbeds sown with annuals in formal patterns (see main photo),...

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  • Dr Johnson's Birthplace

    Samuel Johnson, the author of the first English dictionary, was born in Lichfield in 1709 and lived there until he was 27. His family home in the city centre is now a museum, with displays and memorabilia.Entrance is free. Open daily, 10:30 - 4:30 April to September, 12 - 4:40 October to March.The photo was taken during the 288th birthday...

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  • Lichfield parks

    Like most British cities and towns, LIchfield has its share of parks. Here, one can relieve stress and boredom. When the weather turns nice, just take a walk.One point of interest is a statue to Captain John Edward Smith, who was the captain of the Titanic, and a Lichfield native.

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  • The Erasmus Darwin House

    Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was a scientist, inventor, poet, and a doctor. King George III asked him to be his personal physician, but he declined; he preferred to stay in Lichfield. He published a book titled Zoonomia or the Laws of Organic Life, in 1794. In it, he laid out what later became known as the theory of evolution.He lived here in this...

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  • Dr Samuel Johnson's House

    Dr Johnson wrote the first true English dictionary. He was probably the most important man of letters in the English language, because he defined the proper use of that language--grammar, spelling, word definitions, and the rest.He was born here in 1709, and educated in local schools. Dr Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life living in this...

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  • The Lichfield Heritage Centre

    This museum was once St Mary's Church. It was a parish church, completed in 1868, with a congregation of close to 900. But with the decline in local population, and attendance, it began to decline as well. In 1978, a local committee was formed to discuss the issue. The decision was made to convert this church into a museum, educational facility,...

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  • Lichfield Cathedral

    This cathedral is the very heart of the town. Its most unusual feature is the three huge spires, with the tallest being in the middle.Bishop Chad moved his diocese here during the 7th century, and founded a church. He made many converts. Upon his death in 700 CE, his body was laid to rest in the original church. After the Norman conquest, a the...

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  • Staffordshire University

    Staffordshire University is one of the good universities in midlands. It is situated on three main campuses, Stoke, Stafford and Lichfield. It has over 12000 full-time students.It has few affilated colleges in the area as well.

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  • Dr Samuel Johnson 2

    The birthplace of Dr Samuel Johnson is located on Bird Street. This building has become a very attractive place for tourists.

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  • Dr Samuel Johnson

    Dr Samuel JohnsonIn the Market Square we have another statue of Dr Samuel Johnson, the essayist, letter writer, and dictionary compiler, facing the building on the right above which is his birthplace.

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  • Pedestrian Zone

    Dam Street, Bore street, Baker’s Street and Tamworth Street are only reserved for pedestrians. So that you can wander round at your own pace. Dam Street is a typical narrow street with its quaint old shops, looking back towards the Cathedral.

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Lichfield Hotels

  • Swinfen Hall Hotel

    Lichfield, WS14 9RS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Premier Inn Lichfield

    Fine Lane, Fradley, Lichfield, WS13 8RD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western George Hotel

    Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6PR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Lichfield Restaurants

  • Good sandwiches..........

    .........but a busy Saturday lunchtime seemed to be somewhat stressy for the young and pleasant staff! Service was rather slow and disorganised, but the sandwiches (roast beef/horseradish on granary bread, with Kettle chips and home-made coleslaw) were very pleasant, the coffee ditto (it is England, remember!). I didn't try the home-made cakes, but...

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  • Good Pub

    The Queens Head is just off the centre of town on Queen Street. It is a traditional pub which serves real ale. It has a selection of the more unusual beers which often includes Adnams. It also serves food and has an impressive array of cheeses and pates for its Ploughman's Lunches. It attracts an older mix of people so if you are a bright young...

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  • Good Cafe and Bar

    Lichfield is a small town but it still has some nice restaurant, cafes and bars. Lloyds No1 are chain of restaurants, popular in midlands. Lichfield also has a branch on Bird Street.

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Lichfield Transportation

  • by AliceInHerDress Written Sep 22, 2006

    Lichfield is very well served by its train services, despite the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line. It has two stations. Lichfield City which is located about five minutes walk from the town centre. This is near the end of The Birmingham Cross City line and has a regular service to and from Birmingham New Street. Lichfield Trent Valley is about a mile and a half from the town centre. However, it too is on the Birmingham Cross City Line so there is regular service between it and City station. It is also on the West Coast Main Line and has services to Stafford and the north and south to London Euston. The local services are currently buses whilst the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line is being done.

    A note for disabled and infirm passengers.
    Lichfield Trent Valley
    To get to the London bound platform and the Birmingham bound platform passengers need to be able to climb a steep flight of stairs. There are no lifts and no access across the tracks.

    Lichfield City
    This station has a lift for those not able to negotiate the stairs.

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Lichfield Shopping

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    by Imbi Written Dec 6, 2003

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    Lichfield’s medieval grid street pattern survives almost intact and most of them are arounds St Mary's. Market place is next to St Mary's where you could find fresh fruits and vegs and other stuff.

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Lichfield Local Customs

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    by Imbi Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    Lichfield has history of almost 1500 years and there are so many things you would come across when visiting there. One of the interesting thing would be this building, which was built in 1527.
    It has some amazing style and most importantly, it is still in very good shape and use.

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Lichfield Off The Beaten Path

  • Lichfield Friary

    Nothing much remains of what was once a rather large establishment, dating from 1230. The Friary was destroyed on the orders of King Henry Vlll (as were many religious establishments), and only a few of its walls are marked out on the site after excavations discovered their position. Many 'dressed' stones are visible on the edges of the grass,...

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  • Find King Charles......

    Poor chap.....his statue (which was once displayed at the front of the cathedral) is desperately eroded from the pollution of the past few centuries. Nevertheless, it's clearly King Charles ll, with his flouncy Restoration clothing and long, lush curls. He's stuck round the side of the cathedral now, easily missed, but at least has his own...

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  • Find the Angel.........

    In 2003 there were a series of archaeological excavations within Lichfield Cathedral. During these, at the east end of the Nave, a most wonderful early Medieval sculpture was unearthed. Carved from limestone, it is probably the corner of a shrine chest.....possibly that of St. Chad himself, who died in 672. Not only does the fine carving survive...

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Lichfield Favorites

  • Donegal House

    This is Donegal House, which is also the present home of the Lichfield Arts Society. Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield.Donegal House is the place where you could find Tourist Information Centre as well.

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Lichfield District Tourist Information Centre is located at Donegal House, Bore Street. You could find all the relative information like, map, places to see and accommodations from this office. Staffs are very helpful and wiling to help you.

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  • Registry Office

    If you want to get married here in Lichfeld, and don't want a church wedding, this is the place - the Registry Office. used to be the Library and Museum, and still has a stone plaque on the upper wall over the entrance that says "Free Lending Library".

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