RJOnTour recently had a fun day out in a new city to me Lichfield in The West Midlands. I arrived by train to Lichfield City Railway station after changing at Birmingham New Street. I always ignore first impressions of places when arriving by train but within 2 minutes I was pleased to have opted to visit. We visited on St Georges day and the town had some events on sadly missed by us except posing as St George outside The guildhall and popping in George IV pub.
Lichfield is a cathedral city and civil parish in Staffordshire, it is one of eight civil parishes with city status in England. The city is situated roughly 16 miles to the North of Birmingham, 9 miles from Walsall and 13 miles from Burton Upon Trent. Notable for its three-spired medieval cathedral, it also was the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, the writer of the first authoritative Dictionary of the English Language.
The city’s recorded history began when Chad of Mercia arrived to establish his Bishopric in 669 AD and the settlement grew as the ecclesiastical centre of Mercia. More info…
I was not on a shopping trip this time but clocked loads of nice independent shops and a farmers market which I wish was local to me. Notable shops spotted were;
- Walter Smith – A butchers shop on Market Street that had a great window display with very nice looking meat.
- The Cheese Cavern – A cheese shop with a good variety of cheeses that looked great quality.
For lunch out on a bit of a budget we opted for a light bite at Faro Lounge, a dog friendly chain I have visited before in other towns. There were 4 dog bowls at the end of the bar and the restaurant was patronised by a few other dogs. Food was nice and service good but was busy at bar for service and server was OCD about the queueing system. Lunch included a chicken soup and pulled pork panini.
The focal point of my trip was to visit Lichfield Cathedral, recommended by a friend after I was discussing an earlier visit to Gloucester Cathedral. This cathedral has over 1300 years of history and is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK! You can see a medieval wall painting, the famous Herkenrode stained glass, the Lichfield Angel or even sit and reflect on life. The puppy enjoyed a run in the grounds while to 2 grown ups took turns browsing this fascinating building, even made friends with another canine for good measure.
We had a sit in The Memorial Garden looking out over Minster Pool, the garden was pretty and well maintained.
Beacon Park is a renovated Victorian gardens with original features, 18-hole par-3 golf course, good flat walking, a play area for children and a small boating lake near to the toilets.
The Park to our surprise had a prominent statue of Captain Edward J. Smith, The Captain of The Titanic.
There was a small boating lake in the park where you can hire a pedalo boat for some fun, we hired a swan shaped pedal boat for 6 to enable the puppy to enjoy his first boat experience before we do a canoe trip on The River Wye in the near future. The test was a success and fun was had by all, also remaining dry.
This visited was a discovery of a very dog friendly city with dogs of all sizes seen everywhere, to top things off there were many water bowls outside shops. There were no problems finding bins to dispose of poo bags, unlike other places. Pubs tended to welcome canine guests or maybe we were lucky.
- #Lichfield – Photos on Instagram about #Lichfield, many by locals and tourists.