Travelling around Lichfield
The cathedral city of Lichfield is famed for its three spires, but there are many more reasons to take the time to visit here. It is located in the heart of Staffordshire, surrounded by rolling countryside and with the bustle of Birmingham just 16 miles to the south.
The centre of the city has a rich history combined with a modern and vibrant feel. It is packed with independent shops, places to eat and drink and stunning buildings of genuine architectural interest. It’s small enough to explore on foot and expert guided tours can be booked via the Tourist Information Centre.
Lichfield has excellent road and rail links, with the M6 toll road being just a few minutes away. Arriva buses run throughout the local area and on to places of interest, such as Tamworth, Cannock and Stafford.
The buildings in and around the centre of Lichfield create a kind of living museum in their own right. The cathedral, which dates from 1195, is the only medieval cathedral in the UK with three spires, and the house where Dr Johnson was born, the man who created the world’s first ever dictionary, now operates as a museum of his life and times.
Other notable examples of Lichfield heritage include the Lichfield Museum, the Bishop’s Palace and the 12th-century Church of St Chad.
Culture fans should head to the Lichfield Garrick, a theatre with separate 560 and 150 seat venues, offering a year-round selection of drama, comedy, opera and ballet.
If you want to travel a little further afield, the surrounding countryside includes the hiking challenge of the Peak District and the lush greenery of the National Forest, while adrenaline fans can take the short trip to Alton Towers or Drayton Manor Theme Park.