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Travelling around Stafford

Travelling around Stafford

Stafford, apparently, ranks as one of the happiest places to live in the whole of the UK. It could be the award-winning parks, the close proximity to the countryside or the bustling town centre, but whatever it is, this smart Midlands town is well worth a visit.

Whether you’re thinking of visiting the town or you’re a resident looking for something to do this weekend, then there’s always something to keep you entertained. Stop at the legendary Stafford Castle, stroll around the natural beauty of Cannock Chase (or one of Stafford’s multitude of parks, farms or nature reserves) or visit Go Ape and really get the adrenaline flowing!

Board an Arriva bus in Stafford and travel to Lichfield, Telford, Cannock and many, many more places besides.

Stafford Castle on top of a green hill

It is thought that Stafford was founded in about 700 AD by a Mercian prince called Bertelin. Some two hundred years later, Aethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred the Great, established the Burh of Stafford. The town became a frontier post in the Anglo-Saxon's struggle against the Viking hordes, forming part of a chain of timber fortresses, including Tamworth and Chester. During the Middle Ages, Stafford became an important market town that dealt particularly in cloth and wool.

The railway came to Stafford at around the time of Queen Victoria's accession. Previously, the town had been supplied by road or, later, by canal. Towards the end of the 19th century, a number of factories developed around the railway industry, setting Stafford on course to be the bustling area that it is today.