Samuel Johnson, Lichfield’s most famous son, and the most esteemed critic in the history of English literature, described his hometown as the ‘City of Philosophers’. Lichfield has raised an uncanny number of England’s great thinkers. There must be something about the city’s Georgian architecture and pretty Staffordshire scenery that leads its people to lofty thoughts. Stay with us at one of our Lichfield hotels and you too may find yourself inspired by the city and its three-spired cathedral and its more than 200 listed buildings. Or, you can simply get good and lost in the fantastic food scene and wonderful watering holes hidden up Lichfield’s sleeve.
Things to do in Lichfield
Tick off the top days out in Lichfield starting with a trip to the medieval cathedral, then onwards to the former homes of Erasmus Darwin and Samuel Johnson, all before a round of golf at the Championship golf course and a walk around the Victorian gardens of Beacon Park.
Learn all about our favourite entertainment venues, events and festivals in Lichfield as well as the city’s amateur rugby union and football clubs. There’s everything from live music to light shows. And, for a curveball, how about a historic call to arms with roast beef parties and booze.
Places to eat
You’ll love Lichfield’s food scene. There’s a fantastic array of restaurants and cafes for you to choose from, ranging from classic curry houses to creative European bistros. On top of that, there’s great full English breakfasts and a local delicacy that’ll delight with every bite.
Should you find yourself fancying a delicious beverage during your stay, be sure to look through a few of our local favourite bars and pubs to see which takes your fancy. They offer a range of live music, good eating, cathedral views, creative cocktails and bad dancing.
Lichfield Market comes to town on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, setting up shop in the historic market square. Although it is closed for the whole of January each year. If you want to sample some of the county’s tasty local produce, the Lichfield Farmers’ Market takes place on the first Thursday of the month. As well as food, you’ll find some excellent arts and crafts stalls too, perfect for picking up a souvenir. The Heart of the Country Shopping Village is another popular retail option. It’s a collection of stylish boutiques and restaurants, which you’ll find on the A38 London Road on the way towards the M6 Toll. You’ll find the best city centre shopping at the Three Spires Shopping Centre. It’s home to popular retailers including Flying Tiger, Debenhams and Sports Direct.
Lichfield’s excellent road connections, including the nearby M6 Toll, mean it’s easy to reach Lichfield by car. If you’re travelling by rail, the city is served by two train stations. Lichfield City railway station is the most convenient, located toward the south of the city centre, with regular services to Birmingham New Street. Lichfield Bus Station is also just over the road from Lichfield City. Lichfield Trent Valley railway station is on the outskirts of the city but sits on the West Coast Main Line, so it offers fast trains north to Crewe and south to London Euston. If you need to catch a cab around the city, Lichfield has plenty of local taxi providers. Among the most popular is Lichfield Taxis and City Cars. Alternatively, Uber is available in Lichfield, too. If you’re travelling from further afield, Birmingham Airport is the nearest international airport. It’s less than a 30-minute drive to our Lichfield hotels, alternatively you can stay at one of our hotels near Birmingham Airport.