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Lichfield (Welsh: Caerlwytgoed) is a small city and civil parish in Staffordshire, 110 miles northwest of London and 14 miles north of Birmingham. It is famous for its three-spired cathedral and as the birthplace of Dr. Johnson, the writer of the first Dictionary of the English Language. Today it still retains its old importance as an ecclesiastical centre, but its industrial development is relatively small. The centre of the city thus retains an essentially old-world character, with pockets of historic charm and attractiveness. It is the main town in the Lichfield district. The population of the district according to the 2001 census is 93,237; of the city itself 27,900.

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      30.09.2008 15:45
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      Best things come in small packages

      Lichfield is a lovely little city in staffordshire. Its just north of Birmingham and takes 45 mins by train from Birmingham new street station. As a city it is a very small city, however saying that the best things come in small packages.

      Although it is small the shopping is very good, there are some lovely independant shops, especially along tudor row, along with your bigger stores, like new look, dorothy perkins and woolworths. There is even a TG Hughes which houses many bargains and the staff are freindly. Next to TG hughes is a totesport, this is the only betting shop I have ever ventured into as my mother told me at a young age ladies don't go into betting shops!! I went in to play the Irish lottery and found Totesports staff to be very freindly and found the shop to be female freindly.
      The tourist information is very good and sell tickets for the theatre.

      The park in Lichfield is one of the best I have been to there is a great childrens play area, a lake, sandpit, crazy golf and its lovely to walk around, although be careful often the ducks will follow you around the city centre!!

      There are tons of placed to eat in lichfield and I highly recomend the Olive tree, they have a set 3 course menu and its very yummy with great staff.
      All in all I feel lichfield is a great little city and well worth a visit!

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      12.09.2008 11:49
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      A lovely place to visit

      Lichfield is a small city not that far from my home which I love to visit at least a couple of times a month. Technically Lichfield is a city as it has a cathedral but it could be the smallest city that I have ever known. Situated close to Tamworth in Staffordshire it is a popular place as it has many activities to explore within the city.

      As you probably know from my other reviews I do love to have the weekly shop to de-stress after the week. However you would be pretty hard pressed to find much to buy in Lichfield as they only high street clothing stores it has is a small Dorothy Perkins but a decent sized New Look. So the times I do go to Lichfield it is purely for the joy of walking around the place as it has a lovely atmosphere. Lichfield does have two beautiful jewellery shops which I love to go into as they sell gorgeous second hand, antique rings, bracelets, broaches and necklaces.

      There is also Woolworths, WH Smith, Game and Argos so there are a few shops if you do need something other than clothes. I rarely go to these shops as I prefer different products but my family do visit them. My daughter especially loves Lichfield as she hates clothes shopping so she always wants to go there.
      Lichfield is famous for the 'Three Spires' which is basically just the spires from the cathedral and churches within the city. The surrounding areas are very green, with a lovely park which is always full of families having picnics and children playing football. The lake is stunning and looks absolutely breathtaking next to the cathedral. Lichfield is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with the family.

      Lichfield also has a theatre which shows many independent plays in which I have seen quite a few. It is a very intimate theatre as you feel like you are literally in the play. There is also part of Staffordshire University located in Lichfield which I think would be a lovely place to study.

      Overall I think Lichfield is a wonderful place to visit with the family as there are a few things to do within the centre but there are lots to do and find just outside of the city such as Drayton Manor, craft centres and other towns. Lichfield is in a beautiful setting and I recommend everyone to take a visit if you are ever in the area.

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      14.09.2007 13:54
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      Visit Today - Top Place.

      So today I thought I would tell you a little bit about a city called Lichfield which is one of my favourite places in the whole of the UK to visit. I have always lived nearby and visit it at least once every month because I find it has so much to offer. It is a city but very small for one but I think if you ever get to visit you will find it as charming as I do and here is why.

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      Visiting Lichfield:

      Lichfield is located in Staffordshire and is a small city which attracts a lot of visitors due to its famous cathedral with three spires. If you would like to get to Lichfield then you need to get to the M42 motorway which takes you straight there. I haven’t really got a postcode for you to type in for Lichfield but if you type in the following postcode which is actually for the cathedral then you should be able to find the city centre parking.

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      If you are visiting Lichfield then do not worry too much about the parking as there are quite a few major car parks that you can use with lots of spaces. It is worth coming and visiting though as Lichfield is in a good location within the West Midlands and Staffordshire and is close to major places such as Birmingham.

      You can also get a train to Lichfield from Birmingham new street so wherever you are in the country you can get here as there are good links. If you live near to Lichfield there are a lot of bus routes that go through.

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      The City Centre:

      The city centre itself is always buzzing with people especially when the weather is nice it attracts a lot of visitors. Everything is within walking distance so you will be able to see everything on one visit if you like. The one thing that you will notice is that many of the building in the city are quite old and just look beautiful. One of the things I like is the architecture as I do find it stunning.

      Then the streets can be full of the market or last weekend there was a folk festival and in a week or two there is a medieval market so there is often some event going on in the city centre. The centre has a relaxed feel about it considering it is a small city so I always feel safe there and very relaxed which is good and I just like the fact that everything is quite pretty as that always makes me feel good about a place.

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      Shopping:

      When you have parked and you have walked into the city centre you will notice that there are quite a lot of shops there including things like Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Woolworths and other ones that you may expect to see. The nice thing about Lichfield though is it does have some local shops that you will not find anywhere else including my favourite which is the bead shop which is amazing and if you fancy having a go at making some jewellery then stop off here as the staff are so helpful.

      There are not loads of shops but enough to keep you entertained for a few hours so enjoy.

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      Eating:

      As you walk around Lichfield you will see numerous places to eat and drink ranging from the traditional pub to a bistro to cafes to bars and proper restaurants. Everything looks so quaint and honestly I have eaten everywhere in Lichfield and you always have a nice meal n a good atmosphere.

      One place I will recommend that you go if you can get into it is Pastiche Bistro as it is absolutely amazing. You pay £5.50 for lunch or £10.95 for the evening and you get a three course meal. It is a lovely place which has a very rustic feel and it is a place you will return to again and again as I do.

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      Park:

      There is a massive park in Lichfield which is lovely. There is a sweet little park for the children to play on which has some swings so it is quite sweet. There is also a golf course there and some massive outdoor games which is quite cool. The park also has some very impressive plant life which is beautiful and it is basically a lovely place to have a walk around.

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      Cathedral:

      The cathedral is open to visitors and it is gorgeous to go and have a look around. It has three spires which is an impressive sight straight away and the building is just spectacular. It is only a few minutes walk away from the centre so is well worth a visit as I think you will find it just stunning.

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      Canal:

      There is a small canal which in my opinion is worth a mention as it is absolutely lovely to go and have a sit by or just take the kids and feed the ducks as that is one of my favourite memories from when I was younger.

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      Nearby attractions:

      Near to Lichfield there are many attractions including Swinfen which is a lovely place with a few craft shops and a fantastically yummy pancake house. Then you can find outdoor activities such as paintball nearby. There are many country pubs around as well if you travel out of Lichfield and then of course you have all the links to go to other places such as Birmingham, Stafford and Tamworth for example.

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      Verdict:

      I love Lichfield and always have done. I think it is a lovely place which is well worth visiting and I always have a nice time when I go which is great. If you are near then please do visit.

      Thanks for reading.

      xxx

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        08.06.2001 18:01
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        Lichfield City , that is the legend on the train station and a fact upon which Lichfield prides itself, the fact that it has city status. However, it must be one of the smallest places that has got this dubious honour, ( I know there are probably a few thousand more factually accurate folk out there rushing to their keyboards to put me right & correct this innaccuracy, but the point remains, it is not really a 'proper' city . . . ). Lichfield holds its city status by virtue of the fact it has a beautiful three spired cathedral, when in actuality it's identity is more of a busy little market town. Admittedly, it is becoming surrounded by a ring of housing conurbations, but these are more for people commuting into Birmingham & London than Lichfield, ( because those two are grown up cities, you see!). The cathedral is the main attraction to visitors, I suppose, although there is a lot of historical interest also. The cathedral, ( referred to a 'The Ladies of the Vale'), and it's three slender spires can be seen nestling into a low lying dip in the landscape when approaching Lichfield from almost any direction, which is a beautiful sight, especially when caught by the early morning or late evening sun. The interior is magnificent, and one can spend a happy couple of hours absorbing the centuries of history in the deeply peaceful atmosphere that seems to exist in this lovely building. However, there are numerous other attractions that one can find if one looks. The tourist information centre in St Johns street, (I think), carries a wide range of useful information leaflets, both about Lichfield itself and its surroounding villages. There are guided walks around the city available in the summer months, Dr Johnsons House is a well organised and interesting museum, there are other small sites of historical interest scattered around the city too. As well as the appeal of a scenic historical site, Lichfield also has some dec
        ent resteraunts and eating venues, as well as a good selection of pubs and shops, ( although I would avoid the city centre on a Friday and Saturday night, as it attract a not very select crowd of rowdy youngsters). In summary, if you are passing through this part of staffordshire, and would like to spend a day or two exploring the area and it's history, you could do a lot worse than base youself in Lichfield.

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        21.05.2001 17:42
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        If you're visiting the Midlands take the time to have a look at Lichfield. It has so much to offer and is well worth a visit. Lichfield is a relatively small, but historical city with a beautiful cathedral and some magnificent architecture. It is situated north west of Birmingham on the road between Walsall and Burton upon Trent. St Chad’s Cathedral stands on the site of the first cathedral built in honour of St Chad in AD 700. It has three spires, know as The Ladies of the Vale, which can be seen from miles away. Work began on the present building in 1195 and continued with some interruptions until 1338. Whenever I visit Lichfield I always have a walk round the cathedral. It is always welcoming and very peaceful. I love to just sit and look around and have a little word with the Boss! It has a spectacular font with elaborate carvings of saints and kings and the windows of the Lady Chapel are one of the cathedral’s chief treasures. There is a shop inside the cathedral that sells all sorts of gifts, both religious and otherwise, in aid of the cathedral funds. There is also a teashop opposite the side entrance, which serves drinks, snacks and light meals, again with proceeds going to the cathedral. The area around the cathedral is very pretty with walks alongside Minster Pool and Stowe Pool. The walk along the north bank of Stowe Pool is known as Dr Johnson’s favourite walk and the view of the cathedral from here is superb. It is also a lovely place to sit and feed the ducks or just watch the world go by. Dr Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709 in a house on the corner of Breadmarket Street. The house has remained virtually unchanged since the 18th century and is now a museum with eight rooms dedicated to the life of Dr Johnson and his life, work and friends, both in Lichfield and in London. There are also two libraries of books and manuscripts, some of which actually belonged to Dr Johnson.
        Further down Breadmarket Street is the birthplace of Elias Ashmole who was a 17th century antiquarian scholar. His collection of rarities was the foundation for the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University. There are many more old buildings in Lichfield so it is well worth having a good walk round maybe with a decent guidebook so that you don’t miss anything? I have a book called The Book of Town Walks and Lichfield is one of the places featured in it. Although I had been visiting Lichfield regularly for most of my life as we only live a short distance away, when I did the walk as described in this book I discovered so much that I had never noticed before. Bishop Smyth founded St Johns Hospital with its eight huge Tudor chimneys in 1495, on the site of a Norman hospital. Opposite the Friary School there are remains of an old Franciscan Friary church dating back to the 13th century, which have been incorporated into a small garden. Opposite the 18th century Angel Croft Hotel is the house of Erasmus Darwin, which was built around 1760. He was a local doctor and also an inventor and botanist. There is also a large park and gardens on the edge of the city centre, with beautiful flowerbeds, tennis courts and a bowling green. I remember being taken to this park as a child as there was a play area with swings and roundabouts etc, but there were also two old traction engines that we could climb on as well. I used to love to go there! Lichfield has a good shopping centre with many of the main stores represented here, together with a street market and a host of small individual shops. I always find that this is a great place to visit for that unusual present. They even have a teddy bear shop, but it’s best that I don’t go in there too often! In May each year there is a festival called the Lichfield Bower and the whole place is filled with stalls, fairground rides, street entertainers and they also have regular displa
        ys of Morris Dancing too. There are lots of nice pubs, teashops and restaurants, so refreshment for the sightseer or shopper is never far away. I must tell you a funny story on the topic of restaurants in Lichfield. When I was about 18 I was invited to dinner at The George Hotel to celebrate my then boyfriend’s 21st birthday together with his parents’ silver wedding anniversary. There were about 20 of us in the party and we all sat and ate our first course. Then a fire broke out in the kitchen and so they could not complete the meal for us. They rang the hotel just along the street, I think it’s called The Swan, and got us in there so we all had to walk up the street in our long dresses (that dates it a bit!) for the next course! We did wonder whether it would be main course here and sweet further up in The Angel Croft with coffee at the top of the street in The Little Barrow, but we did complete the meal in The Swan without further hitches! I can’t guarantee this sort of excitement every time you visit Lichfield but this lovely place is certainly worth a look when you’re next in the Midlands.

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