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Lichfield

discover the top things to see and do in Lichfield 

In the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, Lichfield is an idyllic heritage city just north of Birmingham. With plenty of things to see and do, Lichfield is best known for its historical attractions, beautiful parks, and the famous cathedral. Indulge in some retail therapy at the many shops and boutiques, experience top-class restaurants, or simply stroll through the medieval streets and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. 


Best things to do this week in Lichfield

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1 Mr Turner Comes To Lichfield: Exhibition

Turner's celebrated 1832 painting of Lichfield Cathedral goes on public display for the first time in many years alongside Turner's sketches for the painting, loaned by Tate Britain. The unmissable Turner exhibits are joined by recent photographs and 17 pictures showing how artists have portrayed the Cathedral over five centuries.

When: From Apr 24, Mon-Fri 7.30am-6.15pm, Sat 8am-6.15pm, Sun 7.30am-6.15pm, ends Jun 11
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org/what-s-on/mr-turner-comes-to-lichfield

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2 Anthony Birchwood: In The Light Of Turner

To complement the Turner exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral, the Emporium Gallery is showing a powerful body of work which expresses a shared interest in light with the great master. Birchwood's paintings respond to the Lancashire landscape and emerge from a spontaneous mixing of oil paint, pigments, resin and medium.

When: From Apr 25, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, ends May 6
Where: Emporium Gallery, 32 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6PR
More Details: www.emporium-gallery.co.uk

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3 City Of Sculpture Trail

This two-hour trail round the city's artworks can be downloaded in digital map form to your phone or tablet. Starting at the Cathedral, it takes in ecclesiastical monuments, Victorian statuary, a unique water fountain and tributes to Erasmus Darwin, Dr Johnson and the Titanic's doomed Captain Smith.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ongoing
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.thecityofsculpture.co.uk

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4 Jaywalkers

The string trio, consisting of Mike Giverin, Lucille Williams and Jay Bradberry, take influences from both the British and American folk traditions, blending bluegrass, country and western swing with elements derived from Giverin's native Lancashire.

When: Apr 28, 8pm-10.30pm
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: 01543262223
More Details: www.jaywalkers.co.uk

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5 Chris Helme

Chris was front man of John Squire's post-Stone Roses band The Seahorses, sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, U2 and Oasis in numerous support slots. Now a reflective and mature solo artist, he is remembered for the 1990s Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun.

When: Apr 29, 8pm
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: 01543262223
More Details: www.chrishelme.co.uk

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6 The Old Guildhall Prison Cells

Immerse yourself in Lichfield's gritty history and tour the city's old prison including the original holding cells, which date back to 1548. As you step back in time, discover the stories of various inmates and gain a wider perspective on law and order in Lichfield through myriad exhibits and displays.

When: From Apr 1, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Aug 5, 12, 19, ends Oct 21
Where: The Guildhall, 38 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262223
More Details: www.lichfield.gov.uk

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7 Erasmus Darwin House

The striking red-brick Georgian town house, converted from a medieval half-timbered building in the 18th century, was home to the notable natural philosopher and physiologist, also known as the grandfather of Charles Darwin. The property is occasionally closed for private events so check before you travel.

When: Apr 3-Oct 29, 11am-5pm, the house is occasionally closed or has restricted access for private events, check website for details
Where: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7AD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306260
More Details: www.erasmusdarwin.org

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

8 Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

The impressive Grade I listed building was home to the notable writer and lexicographer for the first 27 years of his life. Displays, reconstructed rooms and audio-visual media combine to offer a rare insight into Johnson's inspirations and environment, as well as documenting his many successes.

When: Jan & Feb, Nov & Dec, Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm, last adm 3pm, Mar-Oct, Mon-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 264972
More Details: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

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9 Minster Pool & Walk

This ancient and magical pool of water has existed since medieval times, and has had uses that ranged from part of the Cathedral's defences to prosaic mill pond. In the late 18th century the poet Anna Seward was instrumental in landscaping the Pool to give it a curving snake-like shape. She also developed Minster Pool Walk, an illuminated path.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Minster Pool & Walk, Minster Pool Walk, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QT
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/content/minster-pool-walk-including-speakers-corner

Chancellor Laws Fountain in Museum Gardens.
Copyright: Lichfield District Council. TICKETED

10 Beacon Park

The park extends over 70 acres, with woodland walks, pond dipping and a community garden. There are floral displays in summer and an avenue of trees leading to the centrepiece fountain, plus statues of Captain Smith of the Titanic, King Edward VII and Erasmus Darwin. Guided walks and children's activities take place throughout the year.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, closed Dec 25
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QZ
Contact: +44 (0)1543 308000
More Details: www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/beacon-park/

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