Our guide to Lichfield

Located in the heart of the country, Lichfield is a city steeped in heritage and rich in culture. We take a look at why the city is well worth a visit...

Our guide to Lichfield

Right in the heart of the country - Lichfield

History Lovers

A centre for Christian worship, Lichfield Cathedral lies in the heart of the town.

The historic Lichfield Cathedral

The only English medieval cathedral with three spires, Lichfield Cathedral dominates the landscape of the town. One of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain, the Cathedral was severely damaged during the Civil War, and was under siege three times. Since then, it has been restored to Medieval splendour and now attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Chapters, the Cathedral restaurant and coffee shop is in an elegant 17th-century house opposite the Cathedral set in a beautiful 13th-century walled garden. This is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and even indulge in a slice of homemade cake. 

Learn about the city's exciting and diverse history in the Lichfield Museum.

The Museum in Lichfield
Lichfield Museum

Discover over 2,000 years of Lichfield's history. Varied and interesting exhibitions are displayed, including the unique Staffordshire Millennium embroideries, two audio visual presentations, fine examples of city, regimental and church silver, and views of the city from the spire viewing platform.

Fun trails are also available for families, and there's one designed specifically for children - just ask for the mousehole trail.

Culture Vultures

The National Memorial Arboretum, the UK's Centre of Remembrance at Alrewas, just a short drive from Lichfield, receives 300,000 visitors a year.

Set within 150 acres of woodland, the site commemorates all those who helped the war effort in conflicts around the world. 

There are over 50,000 trees on the site and more are added every year, all forming a living tribute to Britain's fallen heroes. The Act of Remembrance, including a silence, is observed daily in the Millennium Chapel, but the Arboretum primarily provides a beautiful setting in which to celebrate the lives of those who continue to serve their country or who have died in conflict. 

The UK’s year-round Centre of Remembrance is just a short drive away from the city. Check out our what's on calendar for listings of events all year round.

The family friendly Lichfield Garrick Theatre puts on a host of production throughout the year.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick Theatre

The Lichfield Garrick boasts two state-of-the-art performance spaces; the Main Auditorium and the Studio. The venues often play host to some of the biggest names in comedy and some of the best touring theatre productions.

Family Fun

A beautiful outdoor park located right in the heart of the city.

Beacon Park Lichfield
Beacon Park in the heart of Lichfield

Visit Beacon Park for a leisurely walk, golf, children's play area, crazy golf, tennis, basketball, bowls and more. Beacon Park is also steeped in history and heritage, and information boards around the slte give you a glimpse into the area's rich historical past. Refreshments and ice cream are available in Museum Gardens and next to the children's play area during peak season.

Our Favourites 

Brilliant Brew: The Tudor of Lichfield is the oldest and longest serving coffee shop restaurant in Lichfield offering morning coffees, lunches and afternoon teas. They also manufacture and retail a large range of luxury chocolates, jams marmalades, honey, biscuits, biscuit tins as well as specialty dairy ice creams.

Perfect Pizza: Pizza by Goli offers up the best pizza in Lichfield. They are cooked in an oven in the open kitchen which can be seen from the main part of the restaurant

Savvy Shopping: Located two miles south of Lichfield, The Heart of the Country Shopping Village is home to a selection of fabulous independent stores. From cooking and knitting shops to fashion and furniture - there's something for everyone. 

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