About Stafford

Stafford is a vibrant and historic town with everything you need for short break or day visit: history, culture, parks and gardens, shopping and nightlife.

Stafford town centre is home to big name stores, quirky local shops and an indoor market. Journey through the cobbled streets or take a picnic to the beautiful Victoria Park.

One of the finest Tudor houses in England can be found in Stafford, and the annual ‘Shakespeare Under the Stars’ event takes place at Stafford’s 900-year-old castle.

Stafford fast facts:

The first jar of Marmite was produced in Stafford by a German scientist Justus Von Liebig
Stafford was the birthplace of Reginald Mitchell, designer of the WW2 Spitfire
Co-founder of Marks & Spencer, Thomas Spencer, is buried in St Giles Church, in Staffordshire
The largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon gold in Britain was discovered beneath a farmers field in Staffordshire
Duck steps

We’re lucky enough to have the River Sow on our doorstep. The River Sow is the main river that passes through Stafford. The river begins its journey in a small valley of Fairoak, from here, it makes its way through the beautiful countryside before ending in Shugborough where it becomes a tributary of the River Trent.

Occasionally, ducks who’ve made their home on the river like to take a nap on the duck steps (behind Zizzi).

Just like you, ducks need to eat healthy food. The Canal and River Trust suggests that you avoid giving ducks bread, especially white bread – and you definitely shouldn’t give them crisps, chips, crackers, chocolate or nuts. It’s junk food for you – and ducks!