lichfield cathedral shot from the bottom of a street

Destination Guide Lichfield

We’ve lived on the outskirts of Lichfield for ten years now and it really is a brilliant place to raise a family. Here’s what you need to know about Lichfield with kids.

What is the best thing about this living in Lichfield?

I’ve lived near Lichfield for around 5 years now and have found it a great place to explore with kids. It’s small enough to have a real community feel but large enough to have plenty to do, it has some brilliant schools, fabulous restaurants and great parks for when the weather’s good. The majestic three spires of Lichfield Cathedral can be seen from all over the city, you’re never too far from fascinating history or beautiful architecture.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

The fairly new gastro pub “The Barn” offers lovely views and homely eats, the staff have always been extremely child friendly! We also love Ego for mediterranean food or The Wine House for fancy cocktails if I have a night off.


Are there any child friendly bars or pubs to visit?

We’ve been to the Owl on the outskirts of town a few times for Sunday lunch, the food has always been good. Kids are allowed in most pubs and bars around the city but I would steer clear on a weekend evening. Some can feel a bit boisterous after dark!


Are there any good places for shopping?

Lichfield is definitely not the biggest shopping city. But there are enough shops to scratch any shopping itches you may have! If you want a full day of shopping, it’s easy enough to hop on the train into Birmingham (around 30mins). Apparently they are building a big new shopping centre in the next year or so.

Lichfield is also fairly close to the new Outlet village in Cannock.

What do you do when you want to relax here?

Beacon Park in the summer is one of our absolutely favourite places to visit, they have the Fuse festival which is loads of fun and completely free, various other outdoor events, tennis courts, a bowling green and an awesome play area.


What’s the best way to get around this destination?

Lichfield is small enough to be completely walkable. It’s also on a direct train line into Birmingham. So it’s super easy to get to surrounding areas.

How safe do you feel here?

Completely safe.

What do you wish was different about this destination?

I’m really looking forward to them building the cinema. It would be nice to have some more activities for a rainy day!

Where is the best place for a coffee break?

We love visiting Faro, it has a really homely feel, serves amazing breakfasts and has games and colouring to keep the kids entertained while you have a catch up!

What’s your favourite cultural thing to do here?

The Garrick Theatre has some fabulous shows and the xmas panto is always a great visit with kids.


Insider hints and tips?

If you have a car we always love a visit to the Heart of The Country Shopping Village. It’s just ten minutes away on the A38. It has several crafty/gifty/independent shops. Also lovely places to get food and a fab outdoor area with pigs and a fairy village.


You can see more photos and learn a bit more history of Lichfield in this post on our Treasure trail through Lichfield.

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