Museums in Staffordshire

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Breadmarket Street
Lichfield WS13 6LG

The museum stands in the centre of the historic city of Lichfield, which remained close to Johnson's heart throughout his life. Best known for his Dictionary of the English Language, Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the large, imposing house which overlooks Market Square, frequently returning until shortly before his death in 1784.

Shire Hall Gallery

Market Square
Stafford ST16 2LD

The Shire Hall Gallery is the largest venue in Staffordshire dedicated to visual arts and crafts. Situated in a fascinating Grade II listed building (formerly used as the Crown Court) the Shire Hall Gallery offers visitors a mixture of old and new. Stafford's Shire building has had several forms - the present building in the Market Square was constructed in 1793. As well as a permanent crime and punishment display in Court One, the gallery has a regularly changing programme of temporary exhibitions which focus on contemporary visual art and craft.

Shugborough Estate - National Trust

Milford, nr Stafford
nr Stafford ST17 0XB

Leave the 21st century behind and step into the real working environments of the complete working historic estate. Shugborough is a rare example of the survival of a complete estate, with all major buildings including mansion house, servants' quarters, model farm and walled garden See, feel, hear and smell history as our costumed 'first person' characters take you on a journey into the inner workings of a large country estate and bring real working environments to life.

Stafford Castle

Newport Road
Stafford ST16 2DJ

This prominent vantage point and strategic site was quickly recognised by the Normans, who built a huge timber fortress here by 1100 AD. Originally built by Robert de Toeni (later known as Robert of Stafford), in the Norman period, Stafford Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 900 years. The visitor centre brings Stafford Castle to life.

Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service

Shugborough Estate, Milford
Stafford ST17 0XB

Staffordshire Arts and Museum Services is made up of The Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford and the County Museum housed at Shugborough Hall just outside Stafford centre. The Shire Hall Gallery is a contemporary art Gallery showing temporary exhibitions. The County Museum houses collections connected to Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Museum

Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service, Shugborough
Milford ST17 0XB

Housed in the Servants' Quarters at the Shugborough Estate, the County Museum features the restored Victorian kitchen, laundry and brewhouse, as well as galleries and temporary exhibitions illustrating Staffordshire life over the past 200 years.

Staffordshire Regiment Museum

Whittington Barracks
Lichfield WS14 9PY

Situated on the A51 between Lichfield and Tamworth, next to Whittington Barracks, the museum tells the story of the present day Staffordshire Battalion of the Mercian Regiment and its predecessors from 1705. There are frequent special exhibitions and events in the museum and/or its extensive grounds.