Lichfield was once a busy coaching stop on routes to London and Birmingham. Its chequered history – from Civil War devastation to 18th-century prosperity – makes it a fascinating destination.
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- The 800-year-old Lichfield Cathedral – Britain’s only medieval cathedral to have three spires
- Erasmus Darwin House and Garden
- The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum & Bookshop
- Lichfield Heritage Centre, with a history of the city from the Celtic period to modern day
- A round of golf or crazy golf in the recently renovated Beacon Park
- Lichfield Festival, a celebration of music, literature, drama and art held every July
- Dinner in one of the city’s many restaurants
- Letocetum Roman Site and Museum in the village of Wall
- Shugborough, a historic hall and estate previously belonging to the Earls of Lichfield
- The National Memorial Arboretum – 150 acres of trees and memorials
Location and getting there
Lichfield is a city in the county of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands. It is located 16 miles north of Birmingham, England’s second city (see our interactive map).
The city has two train stations: Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley. The latter is further out – it’s a brisk 20-minute walk from the station into town. Direct Trains run from London Euston to Lichfield Trent Valley in less than two hours, or from Birmingham New Street to either Lichfield station in around 40 minutes.
National Express coaches run from London Victoria Coach Station (from 3 hours 30 minutes), or Birmingham Coach Station (30-50 minutes), both into Lichfield’s Levetts Field Bus Station.
The nearest airport to Lichfield is Birmingham Airport, 20 miles away.
The city’s cathedral was beseiged three times in the English Civil War (1642-1651) and the central spire was destroyed by cannon fire. The damage to the cathedral was not fully repaired until the 19th century.
The city had a number of notable residents in the 18th Century, including botanist Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles Darwin) and actor and playwright David Garrick. Dr Samuel ‘Dictionary’ Johnson, himself born in Lichfield in 1709, famously described it as “a city of philosophers”.
This mini-calendar shows events taking place in and around Lichfield. For events at cathedral cities across the UK, please see our main Cathedral City Calendar.
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- Visit Lichfield tourist information
- Lichfield on Google Maps
- Photos of Lichfield on Flickr
- Lichfield hotels with Booking.com
- Lichfield restaurants with Restaurant-Guide.com
- Twitter list for Lichfield by Cathedral City Guide
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