Stafford lies within the county town of Staffordshire. Its station, built in 1962, is of a very similar architectural style to London Euston. It is conveniently situated only a couple of minutes from Stafford Town Centre. Four services operate through the station; Virgin Trains, London Midland, CrossCountry and Arriva Trains Wales - making Stafford a convenient base for visiting different parts of the Midlands such as the Derbyshire Peak District. London Midland runs trains from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street. Virgin operates trains between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street as well as one train a week to Glasgow Central. With CrossCountry you can reach Coventry and Manchester Piccadilly. Arriva Trains Wales operate a limited once daily service between Birmingham New Street and Holyhead, via Chester. Taxis are available at the station and several buses link it with the town and surrounding countryside.
A good place to start your trip to Stafford is in the Visitor Centre where you will find up to date information and tickets for attractions and events as well as help with accommodation and transport. It is located in the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford town centre. Adults and children alike will enjoy spending several hours at Stafford Castle, where 26 acres of Norman buildings, woodland, herb gardens and an information centre will keep you intrigued. Enjoy a walk around the town itself, looking out for interesting architecture such as the 12th century St. Chad's Church, with its mysterious carvings. Several walking routes are available from the Visitor Centre. If you enjoy wildlife be sure to visit the British Wildlife Rescue Centre nearby with its displays of British birds and animals. If you are feeling adventurous and active pay a visit to Go Ape on beautiful Cannock Chase. Here visitors can pretend to be Tarzan whilst enjoying zip-wires and climbing activities. Not for the faint-hearted.