Heritage

Heritage Sites and Properties in Staffordshire

Netherstowe House Hotel in Lichfield is ideally-located close to a spectacular selection of the UK’s grandest heritage sites and National Trust properties. If you are spending a short break in Staffordshire, these are some of the destinations we can highly recommend…

Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle is a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle located in the centre of Tamworth surrounded by the Castle Pleasure grounds. The oldest parts of the Castle are believed to date from the 1180's. There are 15 period rooms to explore with many hands-on activities for all ages.

Chatsworth House

Discover a day out in the Peak District with a difference! Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is just 1hours’ drive from Netherstowe House. Passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family, the house’s architecture and art collection have been evolving for five centuries.

The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the Guest Bedrooms, you will meet an Edwardian Lady's Maid who will be revealing the secrets of her mistress's suitcase of clothes. You can even dress up in one of the period costumes! Chatsworth also boasts one of Europe's most significant art collections.

Hardwick Hall

Just over an hour’s drive from Netherstowe House sits Hardwick House –quite possibly Britain's grandest and most complete Elizabethan house.

Previously the home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England, the property is made up of two wings – The Old Hall and Hardwink New Hall. Though the Old Hall is now roofless, you can still ascend four floors to view surviving decorative plasterwork, as well as exploring the kitchen and service rooms with the help of an enlightening audio tour.

An exhibition in the West Lodge describes Bess’ adventures in architecture, and how she transformed her birthplace from a medieval manor house into a luxurious Elizabethan mansion.

Other Houses and Gardens to Visit Near Lichfield

Kedleston Hall: Neo-classical mansion with Adam interiors, landscape gardens and park.

Calke Abbey: With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate.

Shugborough Hall Estate: A late 17th-century mansion, seat of the Earls of Lichfield and containing interesting collections of china, silver, paintings and furniture.

Sudbury Hall: Discover the National Trust Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire.

Tutbury Castle: Tutbury Castle has spectacular views across several counties and the Peak District. The Castle dates from 1071 and played an important part in history, including being the prison of Mary Queen of Scots.

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 activities@netherstowehouse.com