The town of Staffordshire is where the old world meets the new and you can explore everything from amusement parks to historic manors, wildlife refuges and so much more. A trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park allows rides, games, food and fun for the family, while the Peak Wildlife Park and Tretham Monkey Forest allow for both native and exotic wildlife experiences. The Trentham Estate offers regal historic surroundings, and the Biddulph Grange Garden offers colourful flowers and serene walking paths. 

    What are the best things to do in Staffordshire?


    Lud's Church

    Visit the site where Sir Gawain fought the Green Knight

    • Adventure
    • Unusual

    Lud's Church is not a church at all, but a natural chasm nestled between 2 towering walls of moss-coloured stone that forms a part of British legend. It is said that notable and legendary figures from British folklore have visited this site, including Robin Hood and Sir Gawain, who was on his quest to battle the Green Knight. It's purported to be named for a secret Christian splinter group who used it as a meeting place in the middle ages. It's a truly fairy-tale atmosphere where you'll walk among deep shadows with dark green, ancient moss covering the entire forest walls and floor.

    Location: Back Forest, Staffordshire, England SK11 0BH, UK

    Open: 24/7


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    Drayton Manor Theme Park

    Ride roller coasters and walk with the dinosaurs in the same place

    • Families

    Drayton Manor Theme Park offers amusement park rides, games, food and a zoo to entertain the entire family. The park covers a vast stretch of land and hosts over 100 attractions and rides, including a zoo with indigenous and exotic animals. Rides include a 4D cinema, roller coasters, a carousel, drunken barrels, a flying dutchman ship, a haunted ride and more. Attractions include a crazy-golf course, the original set from Thomas the Tank Engine and a Dino Trail with animatronic lifelike dinosaurs.

    Location: Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW, UK

    Open: Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 5 pm, Monday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed Tuesday–Thursday)

    Phone: +44 (0)1827 287979


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    Trentham Estate

    Walk restored Italian gardens, shop, dine or have outdoor adventures

    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Adventure

    Trentham Estate offers a contemporary revival of historic and famed Italian gardens, a shopping village and a range of outdoor adventures for the whole family. It's centrally located near Stoke-on-Trent and offers walking paths through brilliantly coloured flowers. The Trentham Garden Shopping Village has a vast shopping centre and a wide variety of cafes, shops and restaurants to enjoy. You could also visit the Monkey Forest and Treetop Adventures areas, where you can spend time with Barbary macaques or take on rope nets and zip lines for a thrilling adventure.

    Location: Stone Rd, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1782 646646


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    Doxey Pool

    Explore the mysterious myth of Jenny Greenteeth

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    Doxey Pool is a mysterious pool in the Roaches that's rumoured to be haunted by a mermaid called Jenny Greenteeth. The figure of Jenny Greenteeth is a scary figure in British folklore who is believed to travel between the pool and another, Blake Mere, via a subterranean passage that connects them. The truth is that Jenny is likely from the imagination of a woman named Florence Pettit, who claimed to see her in 1949. Regardless, the pool has a haunting atmosphere and is best known as the home of a colony of Bennett's wallabies, which have inhabited the region since World War II.

    Location: The Roaches, Staffordshire, England ST13 8UB, UK


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    Shugborough Estate

    Visit the spot that reveals the location of the Holy Grail

    • History

    Shugborough Estate is a 17th-century stately mansion situated just on the edge of Cannock Chase with a museum, garden and farm. The home was originally owned by the Bishops of Lichfield, and then for 3 centuries by the Anson family, after which it passed into the hands of the National Trust. Today, it is open to the public and offers tours to view the staterooms and private apartments and their classic, traditional furnishings. Outside, you can walk the rolling green grounds of the adjacent park and the Shepherd's Monument folly, which some legends claim is the resting place of the Holy Grail.

    Location: Milford, Great Haywood, Stafford ST17 0XB, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1889 880160


    Trentham Monkey Forest

    Walk through a canopy filled with free-ranging, endangered monkeys

    • Families

    The Trentham Monkey Forest is a unique local attraction where you can get up close and personal with 140 free-ranging Barbary macaques. These endangered creatures live just as they do in the wild, without cages or bars. You can also learn all about the efforts being made to conserve and rescue this species in the wild. Visitors are not permitted to touch or feed the monkeys, but they are all around you as you walk through the forest. The walk itself is short but includes information boards and knowledgeable guides to answer all your questions.

    Location: Trentham Estate, Stone Rd, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9HR, UK

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +44 (0)1782 659845


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    Biddulph Grange Garden

    Witness tended garden landscapes from all over the world

    • Adventure

    The Biddulph Grange Garden is a vast garden that's divided into a number of varied areas, each with a specific theme. Landscaped by the National Trust, the garden takes you on a journey from a traditional Chinese garden to an Egyptian-themed garden, from a western terrace to a classic Italian garden. You can walk through rhododendrons and visit a cherry orchard and much more. A popular section of the garden is the Glen, a long valley with gently sloped sides featuring native Scottish flora.

    Location: Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7SD, UK

    Open: Saturday–Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Thursday–Friday)

    Phone: +44 (0)1782 517999



    Go skiing and snowboarding indoors

    • Families
    • Adventure

    SnowDome is the place where you can enjoy all your favourite winter sports even in the summer, with indoor skiing, snowboarding, skating and more. This venue offers a wide range of attractions, including ski and snowboard lessons for beginners and a complete snow fun park. You can ride ice chutes on rafts, go sled riding and buy a lift pass for the mountain. The facility also offers a Santa's Winter Wonderland festival each year over the holiday season, where you can undertake the ultimate Christmas adventure alongside Santa and his elves.

    Location: Leisure Island, Riverdrive, Tamworth B79 7ND, UK

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)3448 000011


    The Queen's Chair

    Get a royal view of the entire countryside from on high

    • History
    • Photo
    • Adventure

    The Queen's Chair is a natural throne hewn from a single boulder and positioned right at the edge of a cliff to provide a stunning natural view. The throne itself is something of a hidden gem, nestled deep within the Roaches, a windswept outcropping of rocks in the Peak District National Park. It was originally fashioned to honour a royal visitor, and a stone plaque reads 'Visited by the Prince and Princess of Teck on August 23rd, 1872'. Parking is available, but the climb can be tiring and tricky for inexperienced hikers. When you reach the summit, the haunting silence and panoramic cliffside view reward the journey.


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    Peak Wildlife Park

    Walk with the wallabies…and the meerkats…and penguins

    • Families

    Peak Wildlife Park in central England is a zoo with an array of wildlife from all over the world in naturalistic habitats. Originally called Blackbrook Zoological Park, the zoo holds native, exotic and endangered species that originate from 3 continents. Here, you can see penguins and lemurs, wallabies, meerkats, pygmy goats and other exotic animals. The zoo has an indoor play area for the kids to burn off some energy and hand-feed some of the animals. The onsite restaurant serves stone-baked Neapolitan pizza and beverages and offers vegan and gluten-free options.

    Location: Winkhill, Leek ST13 7QR, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1538 308880


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