The market town of Stafford is located in the West Midlands, in the county of Staffordshire. Exploring from your holiday cottage in Stafford, you will discover a bustling centre packed with history. Don’t miss the Ancient High House, the country’s largest Elizabethan timber-framed home. Nearby, Stafford Castle looms over the town and can be seen for miles around. Other local landmarks to look out for include the town’s oldest building, 12th century St Chad’s Church, and Stafford Shire Hall. In the town centre’s narrow lanes and high street, you will find a variety of independent shops. There is an excellent farmers’ market, and a famous Shakespeare festival held annually in the grounds of the castle. Self-catering holidays in Stafford would be incomplete without a stroll through beautiful Victoria Park. Visits to the award-winning gardens at Trentham, Sugnall Walled Garden, and Trentham Monkey Forest are also essential. Many scenic walks can be enjoyed within a few miles of Stafford, in Doxey Marshes, Duddas Wood, Bluebell Wood, and Wildwood Nature Reserve. The wild woods, lakes and pastures of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lie a few miles south of the town.

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Recommended Places to Visit from a Staffordshire Holiday Cottage

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

Visit this small wildlife sanctuary near Eccleshall, with 30 exotic species of animals and birds of prey.

Amerton Farm

Alpacas, reindeer, children’s play areas and outstanding local produce can all be found at this popular family attraction.

Museum of Cannock Chase

Delve into the area’s industrial and military history, and its wildlife and famous residents, at this free museum.

Trentham Monkey Forest

More than 100 monkeys roam freely in woods and meadows, with guided tours, children’s play areas, and a café.

Beamhurst Museum

Don’t miss the chance to see this incredible collection of local artefacts, a scenic half-hour drive through the Staffordshire countryside.