Staffordshire Attractions

The Staffordshire offers visitors a range of local attractions in the region offering visitors a choice of interesting and charming places to discover. The county includes a choice of attractions including museums, galleries, historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Staffordshire’s location means the scenic English countryside; rolling hills and the great outdoors are all within reach located close to the towns and cities with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Staffordshire, these include:

Shugborough Estate is the ancestral home of the fifth Earl of Lichfield, Patrick Lichfield who was known a leading photographer. Located approx 4 miles from the county town of Stafford, The Mansion House is from the 18th century and contains a fine collection of silver, ceramics, paintings and some French furniture. There is a portion of the house that is still resided in by the Earl's family. Visitors to the manor house can enjoy the 18 acre Grade I listed Historic Garden and a collection of neo-classical monuments by James 'Athenian' Stuart.

The original servants' quarters along with the kitchens, brewhouse and coach houses have all been restored. Visitors can see how the servants lived and worked many years ago. Shugborough Park Farm is a Georgian farmstead featuring an agricultural museum, working corn mill and rare breeds centre. The livestock are all historic breeds; there is an annual programme of events ranging from seasonal craft fairs to spectacular firework displays.

Lichfield Cathedral is located in heart of England in the city of Lichfield. It once stood at the centre of the Kingdom of Mercia. In 1085 and continuing through the twelfth century the Saxon church was replaced by a Norman Cathedral, which was then turned in to the Gothic Cathedral in 1195. The cathedral was expanded by the addition of a Lady Chapel, and there were possibly twenty altars around the Cathedral by 1500. The Cathedral was severely damaged during the Civil War, however Bishop Hacket restored the Cathedral in the 1660s and Sir George Gilbert Scott, was responsible for its successful restoration to its former medieval splendour. Lichfield Cathedral is still at heart of the Diocese and is a focus for the regular worship of God.

Stafford Castle is located a couple of miles to the west of Stafford. The castle has been a dominant feature of the Stafford landscape over the centuries. Stafford Castle is packed with 900 years of history in action; it was built by William the Conqueror to control local people who rebelled. Visitors can follow the castle trail, exploring the castle ruins and enjoy the panoramic views from the hilltop, walk in the medieval herb garden and discover the many dramatic stories that have shaped history at the castle. Stafford Castle is the venue for a year round programme of events these include historical re-enactments and Shakespeare productions. In addition there are torch-light tours and children's' activities, indeed something for everyone.

The Shire Hall Gallery is located in market square in Stafford. Housed in a Grade II listed building that had been previously used as the Crown Court. The gallery offers visitors a constantly changing exhibition programme and has a Craft Shop that has among the best in contemporary crafts being produced today. Visit the Historic Court Room where many a villain was sent down over the years. There is a coffee shop too to enjoy a relaxing coffee whilst appreciating the artwork of the gallery.

The Cannock Chase Museum is located in Hednesford, 3 miles from Cannock. The museum shows visitors the social and industrial heritage of the area. Visitors can see and learn more about the changes from medieval hunting forest to coal field community, reflecting the social and domestic life of the past. The new Toys Gallery has a collection of toys from the Victorian era up to the present day and offers much to do for children. The Coal Face gallery shows just how harsh the working conditions of a coal miner were. Temporary exhibitions and a full events diary ensure that there is always something new to explore at the museum.

The Lichfield Festival is one of the UK's major Arts Festivals. It is centred on the stunning 13th century three-spired cathedral, and Lichfield Garrick Theatre. At the festival there is an extensive programme of classical, jazz and world music. There is also dance, films drama, exhibitions, talks, medieval market, some spectacular fireworks displays and other outdoor events. The programme at the festival makes it an interesting festival to visit, if you are in the county at the time. Please check on the website to check the dates and days of the festival and venues.

Brewhouse provides a venue for a wide variety of performing arts by both local and other touring companies. There are workshops and a range of arts projects going on here. The facilities include a theatre with studios and exhibition space and a bar for refreshments. Located in Burton-Upon-Trent in Staffordshire, the Brewhouse presents a full programme of arts to enjoy including plays, dance, drama and visual arts workshops.

Fans of horse racing can visit Uttoxeter Racecourse that boasts superb racing in beautiful surroundings. The famous racecourse at Uttoxeter is located in the market town of Uttoxeter; it is regarded as one of the best courses in the UK and known for its great atmosphere especially on big race days. The racecourse home of the Midlands Grand National and the new English Summer National, Uttoxeter racecourse has over 20 race days throughout the year and a number of other activities on non-race days such as country shows and antique fairs.

Alton Towers is one of the top tourist attractions in the UK, located in the wonderful Staffordshire countryside. The UK's best known theme park has plenty of thrills and spills, excitement and exhilaration to enjoy. There are some legendary rides such as Nemesis and Oblivion, there are also rides that are suitable for all ages ensuring the whole family can enjoy a great day out. There are more white-knuckle rides added each year and the theme park continues to provide new and exciting rides to bring in the crowds. Alton Towers contains a theme park and much more including a water park, spa and hotel accommodation making it a fully fledged resort surrounded by acres of beautiful countryside.

Drayton Manor is a theme park located close to Tamworth in Staffordshire. The theme park is one of the most popular in the UK offering a range of attractions for the whole family. There are over 100 rides and attractions in total including some of the biggest and scariest rides for adrenalin junkies and some more sedate ones suitable for the whole family. Located in close to 300 acres of scenic Staffordshire countryside and woodland, there is also a Zoo and a choice of restaurants and shops, making it one of the top family attractions in the UK.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Staffordshire; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Despite having a relatively low profile among English counties the county of Staffordshire has plenty to offer visitors. The scenic county offers visitors the choice to do as much or as little as possible. There are a choice of historic attractions, including museums, galleries, castles and cathedrals with plenty of thrills available at both Alton Towers and Drayton Manor themes parks. Staffordshire’ attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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