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A Norman castle, a medieval church, an Elizabethan townhouse… walking through Stafford really does bring history to life, as you trace each era through the architecture and heritage of this attractive West Midlands town. Far from being a museum relic though, there are plenty of leisure and entertainment venues to give Stafford a modern buzz. Then there is the natural delight of nearby Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where a host of outdoor adventure activities await.

Things to see

If it weren’t for the modern shops and cafés in Stafford’s city centre, it would be easy to think that you had stepped back in time to Elizabethan England. The characteristic black-and-white townhouses line the central streets, culminating in the splendid, highly decorated Ancient High House, the largest timber-framed townhouse in the country. Nowadays, it’s a thoroughly interactive museum, with hands-on activities for children, allowing them to explore 400 years of history. Two miles outside of town, you’ll discover Stafford Castle, originally a Norman fort, and one of the country’s better-preserved examples. Once you’ve explored the town, it’s time to get out into the countryside, and you could hardly wish for a more beautiful spot than Cannock Chase. If rambling along the forest trails on foot feels a little tame, then connect with your inner Tarzan at the Go Ape Cannock Chase Centre, where you can zip-wire through the treetops.

Hotels in Stafford

Stafford has a good variety of hotels, ranging from boutique, historic guesthouses, to modern brand hotels. For a romantic getaway, what could be better than a sumptuous suite with a 4-poster bed? In one of the luxury, independent Stafford hotels, that’s exactly what you’ll find, along with fine dining in the hotel restaurants and great views of the countryside from your window or terrace. If you’re in search of a discount hotel, you’ll find plenty, with comfortable, well-equipped rooms, as well as complimentary WiFi and a free breakfast to start your day off well.

Where to stay

Stafford itself has a few hotels to choose from, both budget and luxury, with historic house hotels and discount brand hotels on offer. Staying here means you can soak up the heritage and history of the town, as well as having easy access to the local shops, restaurants and pubs. Both the castle and Cannock Chase are a very short drive away. Nearby Penkridge offers a few B&Bs in a quieter setting. If you’re coming on business, try one of the larger hotels located close to the M6, south of Stafford, which offer modern business facilities and provide easy commuting.

How to get to Stafford

Stafford is handily located between 2 international airports: Birmingham Airport is the closest, just a 50-minute drive away, while East Midlands Airport is located about 2 hours away. From Birmingham Airport, there are direct trains, which take 50 minutes. Trains are also possible and fairly speedy from East Midlands, but the journey does require a couple of changes. Stafford is also well-connected with London – there are direct trains from Euston which take just over an hour. Once in Stafford, local buses serve the town and the Cannock Chase area, though a car is recommended for accessing the rural forest areas.