A Quick Guide to the City of Lichfield (UK)

Sitting nearly 16 miles north of Birmingham is Lichfield, a city with a decidedly old-world center containing at least 230 historic structures.  Of course the most notable feature of this civil parish is its spired cathedral, which is a truly great example of medieval English architecture.  The city itself has a rich history which extends back to 669AD.  Today, the Lichfield District is home to over 100,000 people and continues to expand westward.

Economically speaking, Lichfield is (and has always been known as) an important ecclesiastical centre.  However, during the middles ages and up into the 18th and 19th centuries, the city has been a popular coach port as well as a home for textile manufacturers and breweries.

Tourism is also a vital industry in places like Lichfield, with the city government’s own website reporting that they recently received over 4 million annual visitors.

There are also a number of regular festivals and celebrations which are observed in Lichfield, including the “Lichfield Green Bower” and “Lichfield Festival” which take place every year.  The Green Bower is held in the spring and is part of a tradition that goes back at least 800 years.  Historical recreations rest alongside your more typical carnival floats, marching bands as well as fun fairs and jamborees.  Conversely, the Lichfield Festival is dedicated to all things dealing with the fine arts, which might include classical performances in music or theatre in addition to events pertaining to the visual arts and literature.

Moreover, there’s the “Lichfield Mysteries” which is a regularly occurring series of community theatre events in the UK; there you will be introduced to things like medieval-style plays.  Additionally, don’t forget about the “Lichfield Folk Festival” or the “Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz and Blues Festival” each of which features its own unique and diverse roster of participating artists.

After reading this article, you can see there are many things to do in Lichfield. Lichfield is an absolutely fantastic tourist destination which nearly everyone will find charming.  It’s decidedly “unspoiled” style isn’t just a gimmick; it’s been fully preserved for the ages to enjoy.  Walking along some of its streets you might even find yourself being mentally transported back to a simpler age.


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