Staffordshire is a county in the United Kingdom that is bordered by Cheshire to the North West, Warwickshire to the Southeast.
Also, Worcestershire and West Midlands to the South, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire to the East and finally Shropshire county to the West.
It’s administrative headquarter is Stafford and the largest city is Stoke on Trent.
Staffordshire is known to have a rich history and beautiful scenery that attract a good number of tourist year in and year out.
Tourist attractions in Staffordshire
Budget travelers and backpackers love this part of the UK because it’s off the beaten path of central London which gets the majority of tourists year after year and things aren’t as crowded or expensive in this neck of the woods.
If you are going to backpack Europe and are swinging by the UK, you should consider visiting Staffordshire. Here’s a list of things to see and do in Stafford:
1.) Ilam park: This is a 158-acre country park located on the banks of river Manifold. It is 8km Northwest of Ashbourne, England.
Ilam park is a great place to visit as it has good views towards Thorpe and Dovedale cloud.
The park has a church known as Church of Holy cross, Peak pilgrimage, Ilam park tea room and Casterne hall which are considered the top 5 places to visit while at the park.
The park is always open and admission is free with exception to a number of events.
2.) Stafford castle: This local landmark that is considered a grade II listed building is located 2 miles west of Stafford.
The castle is an impressive example of bailey and motte systems.
The castle is opened April to October, Wednesday to Sunday and bank holiday Mondays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, November to March it is open Saturday and Sunday only from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free with exception to a number of events.
3.) Peak district: This is an upland area located at the southern side of the pennies. It is considered an area of great diversity, geology (limestone) and moorland are found.
This park offers great breathtaking views of pass time activities such as cycling, trail walking, camping, horse riding among many more activities.
The park is usually open every day of the week 24 hours a day. Admission fee is from as low as 5.5 euros depending on the amount of time you will spend and also the area you will be visiting.
4.) Peak wildlife park: This is a zoo located Blackbrook/ Near leek winkhill, Leek ST137QR, England. Gives a good animal experience with endangered animal species from three continents of the world.
The park also has a kids section and snack joints. Admission tickets are 8.95 euros for children between 2 to 16 years old, adults 17 to 64 years pay 10.95 euros while students and senior citizens pay 9.95 euros.
More things to see and do in Staffordshire
5.) Alton towers resort: This is a theme park resort that sits on 500-acre piece of land that offers attractions, good pass time activities and rides for the entire family.
These include Gloomy wood, Dark forest, Katanga Canyon, Forbidden Valley, Cbeebies land and X sector. The resort is open Sunday – Saturday 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. Adults are charged 54 euros while children are charged 48 euros.
6.) Cheddleton Flint Mill: This is a water mill located at Cheddleton village. The mill takes water from Churnet river and this area is said to be milling since the middle ages.
This mill has a period cottage, a museum, a canal and many more exhibitions. It is generally a good place to visit and see the pottery industry in progress.
7.) The Brampton museum: This museum is located in Newcastle Under Lyme. It is an art gallery that has a Victorian street scene and many more exhibits.
Bonus! For those visiting Staffordshire for the holidays, check out some local events here.
8.) Apedale heritage center: This heritage center stores industrial heritage from Apedale and also the surrounding areas’ history.
This was once an industrial powerhouse and hence the center preserves a lot of history. In this center, one can learn a lot about industries and Apedale history.
The center also has a drift mine that the center usually offer tours to on weekends and bank holidays. Entry to the museum is free.
9.) Water world: This is an amusement park located at Stroke on Trent and is usually opened most days of the year but is also closed for some few days of the week (term time).
The park has 3 pools and 9 water slides. It also offers different types of rides including Blackhole, Nucleus, Twister, Super flame among much more.
10.) Gladstone pottery museum: This is a museum located at Stroke on Trent that has medium sized coal pottery. The museum is usually opened Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
So, just to wrap things up, if you’re staying at the Old Hall in Madeley, the above list of tourist attractions are right around the corner so be sure to get to as many of them as you can.
Staffordshire county has great places to view the different scenery and activities that one can see or do while visiting. These are just some of them. In conclusion, Staffordshire is a great place to visit.