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Staffordshire – Home to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Alton Towers
Staffordshire is a county in the West Midlands region of England and its boundaries have changed a little in recent years, many towns previously in Staffordshire have now been added to the county of West Midlands (not to be confused with the region of the same name).
There is evidence to suggest that settlements in the area date back at least 10,000 years, but many of the buildings and landmarks reflect a more recent history.
Reasons to visit Staffordshire
There are many interesting places to visit in Staffordshire, including a number of Mills like Brindley Water Mill, Broad Eye Windmill and Cheddleton Flint Mill.
Railway enthusiasts will enjoy seeing Chasewater Railway, Churnet Valley Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Moseley Railway Trust and Rudyard Lake Steam Railway. Theme parks include Drayton Manor and Alton Towers, which is the most visited theme park in the UK (with around 2.7 million visitors per year).
Other places of interest are the ruins of Croxden Abbey (built around the 12th century), Eccleshall Castle, which was built around the 13th century and much of it destroyed by Cromwell’s army (an unusual nine-sided tower managed to survive, along with the moat walls and a medieval bridge), the splendid Lichfield Cathedral (the only medieval English cathedral with three spires), Peak District National Park, Stafford Castle, Tamworth Castle (built around the 11th century by the Normans), the ruins of the medieval Tutbury Castle and the Wedgwood museum.
Entertainment and Dining in Staffordshire
There are a number of theatres, cinemas and pubs in the area, along with restaurants like the Beefeater at Longford House in Cannock, Hamiltons Restaurant in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Chandlers Grande Brasserie in Lichfield.
Accommodation in Staffordshire
A good selection of Guest Houses, B&Bs and camping sites, including hotels such as the Premier Inn in Stoke-on-Trent (one of many in the region), the Three Queens Hotel in Burton upon Trent and the Holiday Inn Express in Tamworth.