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Pocket Guide: Lichfield

The city of Lichfield lies 16 miles north of Birmingham, 120 miles north of London and around 80 miles south of Manchester. It’s famous for being the birthplace of Dr. Samuel Johnson, the author of the first real English dictionary published in 1755, and also for its cathedral, which has no fewer than three spires. Today Lichfield is an important ecclesiastical centre but has never really developed commercially, so the city has remained essentially Old World in character and full of historic charm.

Getting There

It's easy to get to Lichfield by car because of its proximity to the M6 (Toll), A5 and A38 roads. Lichfield has two rail stations, with four trains from Birmingham arriving every hour, and is well connected to the local bus network.


Lichfield is full of things to do, but is best known for its 7th century medieval cathedral, which is particularly unique because it has three spires. Every July Lichfield hosts a long established arts and music festival that attracts international artists to perform at several venues throughout the city. During this time it’s wise to book your Lichfield hotel room early, as availability can become scarce!

Another popular attraction is the Dr. Johnson Birthplace Museum, dedicated to one of Britain's most famous literary figures. Samuel Johnson is the second most quoted English writer, with only William Shakespeare being referenced more frequently.

Lichfield city centre has managed to retain on Old World, medieval feel and contains many beautiful examples of ancient architecture. There are also plenty of great pubs and bars within the centre, as well as Thai, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Indian and French restaurants.

Accommodation in Lichfield

There are plenty of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs throughout Lichfield and the surrounding area. Options include two and three star hotels, including the usual chains and independent establishments, as well as four star options for those in the market for some extra comforts. There is also one five star guesthouse, Pipe Hill House on Walsall Road, and there are others dotted throughout the surrounding county of Staffordshire.

Lichfield is a lovely medium-sized town with a friendly, intimate feel, and is a great base to explore the area. Hotels are affordable and plentiful, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.