Our guide to Stafford

Located at the heart of the country, yet still within easy reach of some of the UK’s biggest cities, few towns could claim to be as centrally located as Stafford.

Our guide to Stafford

Stafford has something for everyone

History Lovers

It’s dominated the local skyline for the past 900 years; Stafford Castle is not a sight to be missed.

The historic Stafford Castle
The historic Stafford Castle

There may not be much of it left but the countryside views are enough reason to visit this historic site. The Castle's keep has been converted into a visitor centre which is packed with interactive exhibitions. You can even try on armour and chain mail.

The visitor centre also sells a wide range of local crafts and history books, making it the perfect place to get nice gifts. The castle itself holds a range of exciting events through the year including its annual Shakespeare Festival.

Keep your eye on our what’s on listings for the latest events

First built in 1595, the Ancient High House is the oldest and tallest timber framed building in Britain.

Right in the middle of the High Street lies the Ancient High House, described as one of the finest timber buildings in the country. It was first built in 1595 and is now home to a fabulous museum offering a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived there over the centuries. It's even been home to royalty - King Charles 1 and Prince Rupert stayed there in the 1600’s. The ground floor of the house has been converted into a shop offering a wide range of gifts and local crafts. 

Culture Vultures

With a splash pool, bowling green and even an aviary, Victoria Park isn't just any park.

The river running through Victoria Park
The river running through Victoria Park

This award winning park lies right in the heart of Stafford town centre and covers over four acres. Whether you want to cool off in the Splash pool or try your hand at bowls, Victoria Park is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. The park is also home to pheasants, parrots, budgies, cockatoos and plenty of other exotic birds.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre welcomes a variety of performance shows, amateur productions and some of the biggest names on the British comedy circuit.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre produces a professional pantomime each Christmas and one of Europe’s largest open air Shakespeare festivals. The theatre is also home to Stafford’s only comedy club, putting on regular performances in their exclusive MET studios.

Top attractions

For eight centuries it’s had prime position in Stafford high street.

Home to some of the finest stone carvings in the Midlands, St Chads Church is the place to visit if you appreciate architecture. Some even date as far back as the the 12th century.

Staying for the weekend? The UK's most loved theme park is less than an hour away.

Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or a roller coaster rookie, there's a ride for everyone at Alton Towers. Just 40 minutes from Stafford, it's the perfect place to enjoy plenty of thrills and spills. Home to the UK's first 14 looping roller coaster, it's not a place for the faint-hearted! 

See also: Travel: Alton Towers

Our favourites

Brilliant Burger: Forget about your standard fast food burger. The Bear Grill offers a lot more than meat in a bun.  If you’re brave enough The Big Bear Grill challenge is one not to be missed – a whopping 24oz of Staffordshire beef. 

Night Out:  The award winning Casa is the perfect place to kick start your night out. There’s a heated and seated courtyard so you can drink outside whatever the weather.

Wonderful Walk:  Just a few miles from the famous Cannock Chase, you certainly won’t be sure of places to walk around Stafford. With three trails ranging from 1 to 7 miles, there’s a walk for any ability.

Fabulous Food: The Soup Kitchen, at the top of Church Lane overlooking St Mary’s Church has been run by the same family for over 30 years. It's a popular choice for a daytime coffee and light lunch. We recommend the beautiful homemade cakes.

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