Staffordshire University is a forward thinking university that prides itself on its innovative teaching methods and its wide variation of courses. Its two main campuses are located in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent and it also has centres in Lichfield and Shrewsbury. Whether you're a parent visiting your son and daughter or a potential student attending an open day, you'll find plenty of Staffordshire hotels local to all four of the university's campuses.
Stoke-on-Trent has a wide range of guesthouses and hotels, as does the adjoining Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Options include two, three and four star accommodation. The city is also full of activities, pubs and culture and is handily placed for exploring Manchester and Birmingham, as well as other well known Staffordshire attractions such as Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Theme Park.
For a relatively small town, Stafford boasts many attractions and activities. The main shopping area is the Guildhall Shopping Centre which contains more than 40 shops, including high street names and local, independent traders. There is also a busy and colourful market every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
'Must sees' in Stafford include the 200 year old Broad Eye Windmill, Ancient High House (an interactive museum within a 400 year old timber framed town house), the 12th Century St. Chad's Church and the excellent Shire Hall Art Gallery.
Staying in Stafford and Lichfield
Although there some two star hotels in Stafford for those flying visits to see your children at Staffordshire University, the majority of hotels in Stafford tend to be of a three star standard or above. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are too expensive though, as accommodation prices throughout the Staffordshire area tend to be reasonably priced.
Lichfield is full of things to do and see but its best known feature is probably its 7th Century Medieval Cathedral, which is particularly unique because it has three spires.
Hotels in Lichfield include two and three star hotels, including the usual chains and independent establishments, as well as four star hotels 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 countryside.