The city of Stafford is located in the west of England and has approximately 60,000 inhabitants. The people here are friendly and approachable and make you feel completely welcome. Visit this quiet beauty spot instead of the hectic big city life and discover the local quality of life that Stafford has to offer. There are enough activities at your disposal so you can definitely make the most of your time here. Book a car hire to make the most of your time!
Start your trip in the city centre. Stroll through the old streets and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the beautiful shops, delicious restaurants and finely decorated cafes. The main shopping street is Greengate Street that you will find right in the heart of the city centre. There are all kinds of tourist attractions here that should definitely not be missed out on. The Ancient High House that has been built in Elisabethan style is one of the main attractions of the city. Its unique architecture sticks out from the row of houses and gives it a particular glow.
For more than 400 years, the Ancient High House belongs to one of the most important buildings in Stafford. It was built out of oak wood in 1595 by the Dorrington family and since then has experienced a varied history. It was partly used as a prison but also as a residence for King Charles I and it gives an interesting insight into the history of the country. In addition it is perhaps the oldest and biggest half-timbered house in England. Inside, you will find a fantastic museum which is definitely worth a visit. The Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum was founded in 1993 and displays objects from different epochs as well as antique furniture and an exciting insight into the history of the local Queens Regiment. The museum can be easily reached in your car hire!
A further tourist attraction is the Stafford Castle that sits on a hill just above the city. It was built in the 11th century and has been the main point of attraction in the landscape around Stafford for more than 900 years. The castle has had a varied history including good and bad times which you can find out about in the Visitors Centre. Next to the Visitors Centre there is an exhibition and also the possibility to lend a hand to forge coins. In addition, there is also a beautiful garden that is very inviting just to while away your time. In the summer there is an annual Shakespeare performance- a particular highlight that is popular with the local population. Enjoy this historical place where you will find enough places to buy souvenirs.
Stafford has so much more to offer. Visit the local museums or visit some of the galleries that are well worth seeing. Take a trip to the beautiful parks and gardens in the city and spend some time having a relaxing day. Also, trips out to the surrounding area in your car hire are well recommended where you can enjoy some of the beautiful scenery. You should definitely make sure that you plan enough time to make the most of your visit to Stafford which will most certainly be full of surprises! Have fun discovering them!