Tourist Information in Staffordshire
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Stafford Town Information

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Stafford Town Centre - Photo © Val Vannet
Stafford Town Centre - Photo: Val Vannet CCL

A vibrant market town on the banks of the River Sow, this county town was created by King Alfred’s daughter, Aethelfraed, in the Middle Ages. Much later it became a centre for shoe making. The remains of one of two old castles can still be seen and acts as a backdrop to many events, including Shakespearian plays. The top attraction here, though, is the Elizabethan High House, England’s largest timber-framed house, which somehow survived the ravages of the English Civil War. Both Charles 1 and Prince Rupert stayed here for a few tumultuous days in 1642. The house has now become a local museum. The remarkable Williams Salt Library, run by a charitable trust, is contained in an 18th century house.

Britain’s most famous angler Izaak Walton, was born at 92 Eastgate Street and was baptised at St. Mary’s Church. He wrote the eccentric fisherman’s handbook ‘The Compleat Angler’ . His riverside cottage in the small village of Shallowford has been turned into a museum.
Beyond Stafford stands magical Shugborough Hall, ancestral pile of the Earls of Lichfield. Restored by the National Trust, it has a magnificent collection of furniture and paintings while beyond are splendid gardens and parkland dotted with curious monuments. The Staffordshire County Museum resides in the Hall’s domestic buildings.

Close to Stafford is the beautiful mansion of Weston Park and its huge park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. The interior contains tapestries, paintings and furniture. Nearby Doxey Marshes is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Shugborough Hall - Photo © Mandy Moore
Shugborough Hall - Photo: Mandy Moore CCL