Places of Interest

There are many things to do in Staffordshire and here are just a selection.

The National Memorial Arboretum

Covering 150 acres, the Arboretum has something for everyone. For some it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The Black Country Living Museum

The story of the Black Country is distinctive because of the scale, drama, intensity and multiplicity of the industrial might that was unleashed. It first emerged in the 1830s, creating the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world. Black Country Living Museum is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time.Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK; offering a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other.

Tamworth Castle

Step back in time and travel through 900 years of history in Tamworth Castle. Wander the chambers and hallways of this unique building and get a real sense of how the Saxons, Normans, Tudors and Victorians spent their time in the castle. There are more than 15 rooms to discover and everything is clearly signposted. The castle is crammed with information and displays, and it’s all set in a lovely park with good facilities.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain, and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad. The Cathedral has a rich history, reflected in its architecture and treasures, and, as a place of great beauty, it continues to inspire and encourage all who visit it as tourists, pilgrims or worshippers.

The Museum of Cannock Chase

The Museum tells the fascinating story of Cannock Chase, from its industrial beginnings, to its military role, famous local citizens, social history, domestic life and wildlife.

The Shugborough Estate

Situated in a river valley in the heart of Staffordshire, Shugborough’s location is decidedly magical. It is little wonder that the Anson family should choose this idyllic setting to create the grandeur that is now this important estate.

The Chasewater Railway

The Railway operates passenger trains from its headquarters at Brownhills West to Chasetown Church Street, with intermediate stations at Norton Lakeside and Chasewater Heaths. A round trip of nearly 4 miles takes about 45 minutes.

Hoar Cross Hall

Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel is a Grade II listed stately home retreat in Staffordshire that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service. At this unique sanctuary, friendly faces are assured, kicking off your shoes is expected and total relaxation is the order of the day.

Seasoned Cookery School

Select from a range of inspirational cookery courses taught at Seasoned Cookery School. With over 25 cooking and baking courses they have a course for every capability. Their cookery school is located approx 20 minutes from The Olde Peculair with easy access from across the UK.

The National Brewery Centre

Discover the history, art and fun of brewing. The National Brewery Centre Museum incorporates large elements of the original Bass Collection. Learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. The museum also celebrates the social history of the development of brewing – the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton’s world-renowned brewing reputation.

Lichfield Markets

Lichfield Markets are operated by the Lichfield City Council. There are General Markets on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday each week.

There is a Farmers’ Market held on the first Thursday of the month (except January) on the Market Square in Lichfield.

Buzzard Valley Wine

Vineyard of 8,000 vines producing red, white, rose and sparkling wines. Also on site is a shop selling jams, chutneys, balsamic vinegars, olive oils and gifts.

Their restaurant serves good quality freshly produced food catering for all whether you want a cup of coffee right up to three course meals. They have six fishing lakes one of which is a trout lake, one specimen and four coarse lakes.

Curborough Hall Farm and Countryside Centre

Curborough Hall Farm is a working farm but it’s also a Countryside Centre with around 30 businesses which offer visitors a unique mix of activities, shopping and services. There is a tearoom and also fisheries.

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of the Staffordshire Regiment and all its antecedents from its formation in Lichfield in 1705. The Museum is situated alongside Whittington Barracks near Lichfield, the historical home of the Regiment, and houses a collection of around 11,000 items. The collection now includes items from the new Mercian Regiment. The Museum’s Royal Patron is His Royal Higness The Duke of York KCVO ADC.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Enjoy a warm welcome at their award-winning visitor centres, situated in tranquil natural surroundings abundant with wildlife. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading nature conservation charity; their mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Staffordshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world. People are crucial to making Living Landscape schemes work, and to be successful, individuals, communities and businesses all need to get involved to help shape and care for their local environment.