County of Staffordshire, Staffordshire, England
High House, Stafford
County of Staffordshire
Shaped by centuries of history, improved by architects, and honed to perfection by garden designers, its contrasting landscape is the backdrop for historic houses, stately homes, castles, cathedrals and churches, and an industrial heritage that’s almost second to none.
Where else can you see the world’s finest china take shape before your eyes, have a go at throwing a pot, and discover how beer has been made for centuries? Staffordshire is home to many world-famous names, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode. In The Potteries, over 30 factory shops offer beautiful china at bargain prices. Burton upon Trent is home of the brewing industry, and the Coors Visitor Centre (formerly the Bass Museum) tells the story of beer and brewing.
Stories of Staffordshire’s past come alive in its stately homes and gardens. The complete working historic Estate of Shugborough offers you the chance to experience life “below stairs” in the servants’ quarters. Weston Park is one of England’s finest historic houses set in parkland created by ‘Capability’ Brown. The Ancient High House in the county town of Stafford is the tallest timber-framed town house in England. The romantic 17th century Boscobel House contains the full story of King Charles II’s bid for freedom by hiding in “the Royal Oak”. The elegant city of Lichfield has at its centre the magnificent three-spired Cathedral, surrounded by historic buildings including the birthplace of Samuel Johnson and home of Erasmus Darwin.
Haunted houses and dramatic castles tell tales of one thousand years of history – and beyond. Tamworth Castle is Staffordshire’s most complete castle, you can explore dungeons and rooms dating from Norman times. You may find Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned still at Tutbury Castle, or you might have a spooky experience on one of the regular ghost hunts!
Amongst its horticultural highlights, Staffordshire lists Biddulph Grange Garden where, in the mid-19th century, James Bateman designed a miniature tour of the world, through an Egyptian court, a Chinese garden and temple, English cottage garden, Scottish glen and tree lined avenues.
Another of the county’s historic locations, Trentham, is undergoing a £100m transformation. £17-million alone is being spent on rejuvenating the much -loved Italian Gardens, parklands and lake into what is destined to become one of the greatest garden attractions in the country.
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