Beautiful Georgian architecture, a fine cathedral – if you fancy a spot of shopping, people-watching, architecture admiring and a nice cup of coffee during your stay with us, we heartily recommend a visit to the city of Lichfield.
Just over half an hour’s drive away, Lichfield seems to be under the radar when it comes to Britain’s prettiest towns. Which is a shame, because the birthplace of Samuel Johnson deserves to be better known for the wealth of delights it has to offer.
Before planning your visit, check out http://www.visitlichfield.co.uk/ which has lots of details on this “hidden treasure” of an English cathedral city, plus lots of current special offers on meals out which are well worth a look.
The first port of call should certainly be the cathedral itself, (http://www.lichfield-cathedral.org/) which, you might be interested to know, is the only medieval cathedral in England with three spires and one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the country.
It’s an awe-inspiring building just to wander around – and there’s a special discovery trail for kids as well – but you might be even luckier and happen to visit when there’s a concert rehearsal taking place. Sitting quietly on one of the pews while you listen to music soaring up to the massive cathedral rafters is really something special. When you leave through that massive door, you can stroll around the lovely streets of the cathedral close, one of Britain’s most unspoilt of its kind.
The Minster Pool and Walk is a lovely wander by tranquil waters, and over the opposite side of the city is something completely different: the modern Garrick theatre (http://www.lichfieldgarrick.com/), named after another famous former resident, the famous 18th century actor-manager David Garrick who was a friend of Samuel Johnson. If the play is your thing, it’s well worth checking out what’s on during your stay; this theatre attracts some top-class acts including Ed Byrne and Arthur Smith.
Finally, if you are planning your visit to Lichfield during your stay with us, do note that Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are market days, with an additional farmer’s market on the first Thursday of each month (excluding January). Let’s hear it for Lichfield, Britain’s hidden gem!