National Memorial Arboretum

Places to Visit in Staffordshire

Netherstowe House Hotel and Restaurant in Lichfield is the perfect base from which to discover all that Staffordshire has to offer. In just a few minutes’ drive you can be exploring a picturesque village or uncovering a breath-taking beauty spot.

Here are some of our favourite places to visit in Staffordshire:

The National Forest

Over twenty years ago, visionary leaders made the decision to create a new, large, forested area in England, to showcase the benefits that come from having woodland near people’s homes and workplaces. The area in the Midlands which came to be known as The National Forest was chosen, in part, because the woodland cover was very low (about 6%). There was also a great need for regeneration after the end of mining. Naturally, the heart-warming project has received incredible public support from the start.

Since then, the 200 square miles of The National Forest have been transformed through the planting of millions of trees and the creation of many other valuable habitats. It boasts a wealth of forest-based activities including walking, cycling and pony trekking. There is also a Go Ape tree top adventure course if you’re feeling brave!

The National Memorial Arboretum

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Netherstowe House Hotel and Restaurant you will find the National Memorial Arboretum. Amidst the beautiful backdrop of 150 acres of trees, you will find the Armed Forces Memorial. A striking and emotive structure, it gives recognition and thanks to those who have died whilst on duty or as a result of terrorist action since the Second World War, acknowledging the enduring sacrifice of those who mourn their loss.

The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas is a perfect place to reflect on the stories and events of the last century. The Staffordshire Regiment Museum near Whittington also gives an interesting, hands-on account of the Regiment’s involvements in Britain’s conflicts over the years.

Croxall Lakes

Home to a wide range of wintering and breeding birds, Croxall Lakes also attract a substantial number of wildfowl and waders during the autumn. These former sand and gravel workings are a busy hive of activity, with the numbers of breeding birds gradually increasing since restoration works were completed. If you visit the reserve between November and January you may well see short-eared owls flying low. Otter signs are also commonly found on the reserve's riverbanks. The lakes are very pleasant to stroll around and birdwatching hides are available.

The Wedgewood Visitor Centre

Enjoy the past, buy the present and treasure the experience at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre and Museum.

Completely immerse yourself in the heritage of Britain's greatest ceramics company with a fascinating journey through 250 years of ceramic production. See first-hand how raw clay is processed into fine bone china and Wedgwood Jasperware, and visit the factory to “try your hand at the art of pot making” with Wedgewood’s master craftsmen and women.

The National Brewery Centre

The National Brewery Centre celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence worldwide. Visitors are told the story of brewing by actors in period costume, multi-media interactive displays and hundreds of exhibits.

Drayton Manor Theme Park

If you have a taste for something more extreme, we recommend a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park. Just 10 minute’s drive from Netherstowe House Hotel and Restaurant, Drayton Manor Theme Park boasts some of Europe’s best white-knuckle rides, alongside a Zoo and Garden Centre.

Other Places to Visit Near Lichfield

Tamworth Snowdome, National Sea Life Centre, Old Rep Theatre, Cadbury World, Hoar Cross Hall Health Spa and The Belfry Golf Club are all within thirty minutes drive of Netherstowe House.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and tips on where best to visit. We are very happy to help you plan your trip and can organise bespoke, chauffeur-driven tours for an ‘insider’s glimpse’ of the area. Please call 01543 254270 or email