Top City Sights

A great day out

We're passionate about our history and heritage. From Samuel Johnson, to Erasmus Darwin, Lichfield has a rich and varied history. Today it marries history with culture at the city's many festivals, the much loved Lichfield Garrick theatre, Lichfield Cathedral and our stunning historic city parks. To learn about Lichfield's fascinating history, visit the Lichfield Museum at St Mary's in the Market Square.

To find out more about our fantastic attractions, visit our sister website Visit Lichfield, using the links below.

Lichfield Cathedral

Explore the stunning cathedral and discover a rich world of history and architecture from the 16th century
Herkenrode stained glass windows to the moving memorial, The Sleeping Children. Founded by the great
Anglo-Saxon missionary, St Chad, the Cathedral has been welcoming visitors since 700 and currently sees over 115,000 visitors each year.

 

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Discover the life and times of Samuel Johnson, England's greatest man of letters and famous wit. Follow the story of the young Samuel Johnson from his difficult childhood to national celebrity and Dictionary fame.

Experience five floors of exhibits in a beautiful Grade I listed building including period room settings, an introductory film, interactive displays and activities for children. Guided tours for groups and school bookings available.

Lichfield Garrick

The Lichfield Garrick is a thriving theatre in the centre of Lichfield, attracting well over 100,000 people each year.

Boasting an auditorium of 560 seats, a 150 seat studio theatre and a wide variety of entertainment to suit all - from comedy to drama, tribute acts to opera and ballet to pantomime. The Garrick also produces its own Rep Theatre and a spectacular Christmas pantomime each year.

The theatre is available to hire for conferences and has a cafe/bar open to everyone from 11am.

 

St Mary's in the Market Square

Enjoy scrummy cakes, delightful gifts, souveniers, a museum, visitor information and much more at our fantastic visitor centre.

National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. The expansive 150-acre site is centrally located in the National Forest in Staffordshire. Featuring over 330 thought-provoking memorials, nestled amongst lush and maturing woodland. Military and Civilian associations are represented alongside tributes for individuals. Rich in design and symbolism, the memorials and their fascinating stories are waiting to be discovered.

The Arboretum is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

Letocetum Roman Site and Museum

Discover what Roman Britain was like at the remains of this important Roman staging post and settlement, including mansion (Roman Inn) and Bath House.

St John's Hospital And Chapel

The Hospital, a place of hospitality and now providing sheltered housing for retired people is one of the finest 15th Century brick buildings in the Country. Notable stained glass window by John Piper (1984). The Chapel is open to the public for quiet enjoyment.

Staffordshire Regiment Museum

The regimental museum and archive of the Staffordshire Regiment showing 300 years of history with galleries, live interpretation for groups, a reproduction WWI trench system and research facilities by appointment.

Beacon Park

Enjoy Beacon Park for a leisurely walk, golf, children's play area, crazy golf, tennis and basket ball. refreshmants and icecream available. Baby changing facilities. Summer activities include mini cars, bouncy castle, giant board games and donkey rides in good weather.

Erasmus Darwin House

Georgian home of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin and leading doctor, scientist, botanist, inventor and poet of the 18th Century. Museum displays, interactive features and herb garden. Located in the idylic surroundings of Cathedral Close.

Garden of Remembrance

The Garden of Remembrance is a tranquil green haven, nestled between Minster Pool, Museum Gardens and the Cathedral. It is a lovely quiet spot to contemplate and rest, during a busy day in the city.

Minster Pool & Walk, including Speakers' Corner

Minster Pool & Walk is a beatiful tranquil spot in the heart of the city, nestled between Beacon Park, Stowe Pool and Lichfield Cathedral. The pool affords delightful views of the Cathedral's spire across the water.

Museum Gardens

Museum Gardens is a beautiful tranquil spot, in the heart of the city centre. It is home to a stunning water feature, three statues, including one of Commander Smith, Captain of the Titanic. It was restored to its former glory in 2011 and in the summer boasts glorious displays of herbaceous flowers.

The Old Guildhall Prison Cells

Explore the city's old prison, on this site since 1548. See original cells, discover the inmates' stories and find out about law and order in Lichfield in this small display.