Travelling from the south to the north of Staffordshire you get the sense that you’re leaving the Midlands and arriving in the North of England.
The landscapes change from dairy pastures to the untamed sandstone moors of the Peak District.
Staffordshire’s two cities, Stoke and Lichfield couldn’t be more different: Stoke is earthy and industrial, and has a hard-earned reputation for craftsmanship, while Lichfield is historic and cultured, the birthplace of Samuel Johnson.
If you have teenagers in your clan the theme parks at Alton Towers and Drayton Manor are two of Britain’s most popular days out, and ale connoisseurs can drink to many generations of brewing knowhow in Burton and Stone.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Staffordshire:
You could make the case for Lichfield to be one of England’s most beautiful towns.
There are many streets of sublime 18th-century architecture, and the breathtaking Lichfield Cathedral, built in the 13th century and the only medieval cathedral anywhere to have three spires.
Lichfield has brains as well as beauty, as two of 18th-century Britain’s cultural heavyweights are associated with the city.
The writer Samuel Johnson was born here in 1709, and is considered among Britain’s greatest men of letters.
Johnson’s birthplace has been preserved as a museum, while the home of the polymath Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) is a enthralling museum in a beautiful property.