Lichfield Travel Guide

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Lichfield Things to Do

  • The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum &...

    Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum was a place I was looking forward to visiting on our trip to Lichfield. I studied Samuel Johnson and his life while studying for my degree in Humanities and English Language.The museum commemorates Dr Johnson's life and his somewhat difficult upbringing and celebrates his literary achievements. He was a leading...

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  • Minster Pool

    The Minster Pool is fed by Leomansley and Trunkfield brooks. This natural pool was likely to have been enlarged some point in the city's history to provide power for a local mill and a fish pond was created.Anne Seward,a local famed poet, was inspired by London Hyde Park's Serpentine that she landscaped the Minster Pool in a serpent like shape....

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  • Lichfield Cathedral

    We had a look around Lichfield Cathedral, which dominates the city skyline. There has been a place of worship of site from the Anglo Saxon era. The cathedral was rebuilt in the 1000s and late 1100s during the Norman era.Over the years there were additions to the cathedral; The Chapter House in the 13th Century; the Lady Chapel in the 14th Century...

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  • Beacon Park

    We had a brief wander in this park. We didn't venture far but we checked out the museum gardens including the fountains and statues of Titanic's Captain Smith and Erasmus Darwin.A pleasant park with so much to see and do including walks, a play area and sporting facilities. There is something for everyone. Further information can be found here.

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  • St Mary's in the Market Square

    St Mary's in the Market Square, a semi-redundant church, serves the city tourist information centre,museum and cafe. This was our first point of call in Lichfield where we got information about things to see and do and also sought adviceWe made a return visit later to visit the museum, despite leaving it later in the day and it very near to the...

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  • Guildhall Lichfield

    This historic building has been the hub for the city's government since the 15th Century and today the Guildhall is used for Council meetings and civic receptions. As well as a meeting place the building housed a court, prison, police station, theatre and fire station. The Guildhall has been on this site since the 14th Century and during Richard...

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  • Beacon Park

    Beacon Park is a huge green expanse near museum gardens with a lot of sporting facilities. It was a popular place to visit on a sunny day.

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  • The House of Erasmus Darwin

    Erasmus Darwin House is close to Lichfield Cathedral. It is now a museum and herb garden. Dr Erasmus Darwin was a scientist, doctor, inventor, poet, botanist. He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin.

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  • Museum Gardens

    Museum Gardens opened as a public park in 1859. It is a pretty park with a fountain - Chancellor Law's Fountain - and several interesting statues. The statues include Erasmus Darwin, John Smith - the Captain of the Titanic and King Edward VII.

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  • The Garden of Remembrance

    This is a very pleasant garden with an attractive war memorial and excellent views of the cathedral. It is next to Minster Pond.

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  • Minster Pool

    Minster Pool is a pretty pond near Lichfield Cathedral. At one end of it you can find speakers' corner. There are views towards the spires of the cathedral from here.

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  • Stowe Pool

    Stowe Pool is not far from the cathedral. Stowe Pool dates from the 11th century when a dam and mill were constructed across Leamonsley Brook. Nowadays Stowe Pool is a pleasant place for a stroll. The Church of St Chad is located on the pool. This church dates from the twelfth century.

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  • Lichfield Cathedral

    Lichfield Cathedral is an extremely beautiful building with three distinctive spires. The facade of the building is covered with images of saints and fearsome gargoyles and even a statue of King Charles II.Lichfield Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Chad. Chad became Bishop of Mercia in 669 and moved his See to Lichfield. After Chad's death in 672...

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  • The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709. His father, Michael Johnson was a book seller and the ground floor of the house Johnson was born in was his father's bookshop. Now the whole house is a free entry museum. It covers five floors. There is a kitchen in the basement, a bookshop and display rooms on the ground floor. One of the rooms...

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  • Market and Statues

    There is a bustling market next to St Mary's Church in Lichfield. Personally, I especially liked the pottery stall. Market Square is right next to the birthplace of Samuel Johnson and contains a statue of Johnson and a statue of his life-long friend and biographer James Boswell.

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  • St Mary's Church

    St Mary's Church is located in the historic centre of Lichfield next to the market. The current church dates from 1870 though there have been other churches on this site since the twelfth century. In the 1980s this church took on a variety of new roles as a tourist information centre, a cafe, a heritage museum. The church still holds religious...

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  • Tudor Row

    Tudor Row is an attractive shopping street which links Bore Street to Wade Street and thus links Lichfield's old and new towns. Tudor Row was very colourful and all decorated with bunting during our visit

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  • The Garrick Theatre

    The Garrick Theatre in Lichfield is called after famous British actor David Garrick, who lived in Lichfield and for a time studied there as a pupil of Samuel Johnson. It is modern theatre with a 530 seats auditorium and a 140 seat studio. It offers a wide variety of different performances. There is also a cafe inside.

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Lichfield Hotels

  • Swinfen Hall Hotel

    Lichfield, WS14 9RS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western George Hotel

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

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Premier Inn Lichfield

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Lichfield Restaurants

  • Freshly made food!

    We had lunch in this cafe which has a 13th Century walled garden (we didn't go into it). The cafe is spread across a number of rooms on the ground floor and outdoor seating is available.The cafe prides in sourcing and freshly preparing dishes and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food is ordered and paid for at the counter and eventually brought...

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  • 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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Lichfield Transportation

  • Frequent trains to Lichfield from...

    We got an off-peak day return from Birmingham New Street Station to Lichfield City Station (You need to alight at Lichfield City as this is the station serving the city centre. Lichfield Trent Valley Station is on the outskirts). It cost us 6.10 gbp each (April 2016) and takes approximately 40 minutes from Birmingham.Further information including...

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  • Train Links

    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...

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  • Lichfield Hotels

    7 Hotels in Lichfield

Lichfield Shopping

  • Souvenirs!

    After Mum and I visited the cathedral we went in there to buy some souvenirs. I was taken to a chilled out cat relaxing in the sunshine at the back of the shop. A pleasant souvenir shop selling mainly souvenir and gifts and productions from local businesses.Profit from the sale goes towards the cathedral for its assistance programme. Souvenirs,...

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  • Fruit and Vegs

    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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Lichfield Local Customs

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    Old Building

    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 General

  • 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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