Trains to Stafford

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

Stafford might be the county town of Staffordshire, but it’s only the third most populous, after Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme (and also the least hyphenated of the three). That said, it’s no hamlet. With a population of well over 120,000 for the borough, it’s a lively, buzzing town with bags of history, most of it not only on display but in everyday use. Walk around the town centre and you’ll pass plenty of Georgian, Victorian and modern architecture, and even a very prominent Tudor building that’s still in use today.

Being located almost halfway between Stoke and Birmingham, Stafford is perfectly placed to be a commuter town for both cities. With the West Coast Mainline joining all three, along with Edinburgh, London and a host of other cities, it’s no wonder people choose to live here. Of course, it’s not populated entirely by commuters. It has plenty of businesses and shops here, making the town centre a pleasant and thriving place to live and work. So if you’re planning a visit to sample the history and the lifestyle, here’s all you need to know about trains to Stafford.

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Stafford Station Information

If you’re not familiar with Stafford or its station, you’ll find everything you need right here, There’s information from accessibility to parking and ticketing to WiFi coverage. More details on our wider network can be found on this page.

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Things to do in Stafford

Stafford Castle is perched on a hilltop to the south west of the town, and is well worth a visit when you’re here. It dates back to Norman times, but was restored as a place to live in the 1800s, and was actually inhabited until the early 20th century. It was only in the 1960s that it was handed over by the owners to the local authorities to make it public. There’s a well appointed visitor centre to let you know all about the history, and even if you have no interest in Medieval structures, the views from the hill are stunning.

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Many believe that the Ancient High House is the oldest surviving Tudor building in England, and back in its day would have dominated the skyline, being an unprecedented four storeys high (and was probably called the Not Very Ancient High House). It literally stands out in the street, not least because it’s adjoined on both sides by much more modern buildings. What’s charming is that it’s still in use today as normal everyday shops, which really brings it to life. You can admire it from outside or book a tour if you want to see more.

Just outside Stafford is the beautiful forest of Cannock Chase. You can spend a whole day exploring the woodlands, but there are also activities like Go Ape treetop activities, or you can hire a mountain bike and ride the perfect trails. It’s where the locals go, and attracts peace-lovers from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke and beyond.

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