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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 Lichfield Real Ale Trail

"There is nothing that has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good inn or tavern," said Lichfield local boy Dr Samuel Johnson. This trail identifies 10 attractive city centre pubs offering interesting ales and, in many cases, good-quality food and snacks. You can pick up a map from the tourist office or download it here.

When: tourist office Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.45pm, Sat 9.30am-3.30pm, pub opening times may vary
Where: Lichfield Central Library, The Friary, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 510700
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/sites/default/files/files/LRAT-4ppA5-Jan17-2.pdf

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2 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

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

3 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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4 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, Mon-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Jun 3, 17, 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

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5 Lichfield Cathedral Highlights Tour

Trained guides offer a glimpse into the vast history of the Cathedral from Anglo-Saxon times, its unique architecture and stained glass, and the many treasures it has accumulated along the way. The free tour lasts 45-minutes with a voluntary collection at the end.

When: Mon-Sat 11am & 2pm, subject to other events in the Cathedral's calendar
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
More Details: www.lichfield-cathedral.org/visit-the-cathedral/tours

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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

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

7 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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8 Our Man In Havana

Cash-strapped Jim Wormold, a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman, gets sucked into a dirty world of espionage and double agents in Batista's Cuba when he helps out MI6. Novelist Graham Greene's timeless warning against taking intelligence information at face value has been adapted by Clive Francis and brought hilariously to the stage by Creative Cow.

When: Jun 26-28, 7.30pm, mat Jun 28, 2.30pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.creativecow.co.uk

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9 Fanny - A New MusicHall

Lizzie Wolford stars in Carolyn Scott Jeffs's one-woman show set in Drury Lane during the time of the infamous Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s. Fanny tells the story of her friend's downfall through rousing music hall standards such as Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside, and modern versions of old songs. Directed by Ray Rackham.

When: Jun 29 & 30, 7.45pm
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6HR
Contact: +44 (0)1543 412121
More Details: www.fannymusichall.co.uk

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10 Georgian Gems: Guided Tour

Qualified Green Badge tour guides have been leading walks in the historic city for over 25 years. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours each, and have various themes. This one tells the stories of some famous Georgian characters who were connected with Lichfield. Please dress for the weather and wear sensible shoes.

When: Jun 27, 7pm
Where: Lichfield Central Library, The Friary, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 510700
More Details: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/tours

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