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discover the top things to see and do in Lichfield 

In the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, Lichfield is an idyllic heritage city just north of Birmingham. With plenty of things to see and do, Lichfield is best known for its historical attractions, beautiful parks, and the famous cathedral. Indulge in some retail therapy at the many shops and boutiques, experience top-class restaurants, or simply stroll through the medieval streets and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. 

Best things to do this week in Lichfield


1 Candlelit Tour

Step back in time and explore the Cathedral as people in the Middle Ages would have experienced it. Viewing by candlelight reduces the imposing scale of the building and gives visitors a chance to concentrate on the many exquisite details. The tour is led by an experienced guide and is followed by a convivial glass of non-alcoholic punch.

When: Jan 10 & 11, 13, 17 & 18, 20, 27, 31, Feb 1, 7 & 8, 10, 7.30pm, meet at College Hall in The Close by 7.20pm
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7LD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306100
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Chancellor Laws Fountain in Museum Gardens.
Copyright: Lichfield District Council. TICKETED

2 Beacon Park

The park extends over 70 acres, with woodland walks, pond dipping and a community garden. There are floral displays in summer and an avenue of trees leading to the centrepiece fountain, plus statues of Captain Smith of the Titanic, King Edward VII and Erasmus Darwin. Guided walks and children's activities take place throughout the year.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, closed Dec 25
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6QZ
Contact: +44 (0)1543 308000
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3 Curborough Hall Farm & Countryside Centre

An idyllic day out for the whole family, this 700-acre family-run working farm - located on the outskirts of Lichfield - is home to the Countryside Centre with a variety of shops and independent retailers plus a vibrant programme of family-oriented activities.

When: Tue-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25
Where: Curborough Hall Farm, Curborough, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 8ES
Contact: +44 (0)1543 262595
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4 Erasmus Darwin House

The striking red-brick Georgian town house, converted from a medieval half-timbered building in the 18th century, was home to the notable natural philosopher and physiologist, also known as the grandfather of Charles Darwin. The property is occasionally closed for private events so check before you travel.

When: Thu-Sun 11am-4pm, closed Dec 24-26, the house is occasionally closed or has restricted access for private events, check website for details
Where: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 7AD
Contact: +44 (0)1543 306260
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One of the displays at Lichfield Heritage Centre.
Photo: Robert Yardley. TICKETED

5 Lichfield Heritage Centre

Discover the 2000 year history of the cathedral city though a series of exhibitions, displays and audio visual presentations. Also on show are over 6000 photographs and negatives of Lichfield`s social history as well as regimental silver and the unique Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries.

When: Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Lichfield Heritage Centre, Market Square, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 256611
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The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. FREE EVENT

6 Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

The impressive Grade I listed building was home to the notable writer and lexicographer for the first 27 years of his life. Displays, reconstructed rooms and audio-visual media combine to offer a rare insight into Johnson's inspirations and environment, as well as documenting his many successes.

When: Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec, Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm, last adm 3pm, Apr-Sep, Mon-Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. WS13 6LG
Contact: +44 (0)1543 264972
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