The Walking Bed Tour: a virtual walking tour of Lichfield

Lichfield

Today I want to take you on a walking tour, which you can do from the comfort of your bed / chair, of one of the most beautiful cities in the world*, Lichfield. 

I’m going to call this tour The Walking Bed Tour of Lichfield. It came to me in a moment of ridiculous inspiration because I wanted to share photos of a city that I love but I didn’t want it to be just a pile of photos. 

All you have to do is sit right where you are now and allow me to guide you around the city, while waffling about history and some of my connections to places. 

(* – According to me and this is my tour so nod and agree.) 

Lichfield

Lichfield twin towns

The first recorded history of Lichfield was in 669CE (according to Wikipedia at least) and as such there are a lot of old and stunning buildings. They’re leaning and wonky, but they are also beautiful and perhaps the kind of thing people picture when they think about quintessentially English towns. 

Our first stop on this Walking Bed Tour is the library, which incidentally is the library I now use because it has an excellent young adult section and it looks like a boarding school that belongs in the middle of a field somewhere. 

Lichfield library

Lichfield library doors

I always think that the part shown in the photos below looks like it belongs in Godric’s Hollow and I can’t help but wonder what’s in that attic? Why does the window lean? What’s up there? 

This part of the building used to be part of a dormitory when a friary, called The Franciscan Friary, stood on the spot and it is the only surviving part of that friary. I want to live there. 

Our next stop on the tour is The Tudor of Lichfield, also known as the best cafe in the world*. Here I advise you head on inside and order scones and a drink. 

(* – According to me.) 

The Tudor of Lichfield

I have such fond memories of this place. When my sister, my cousin and I were at school my Nan insisted on buying us ‘proper school shoes’ and that always meant a trip to Clark’s in Lichfield. When we finally emerged with shoes that she deemed acceptable we would always go to The Tudor of Lichfield for lunch. 

Despite a pretty big menu I would have either scones or teacakes, it was always a tough choice, and on the way out we’d have to stop by the sweet counter and get sugar mice. 

The Tudor of Lichfield

The Tudor of Lichfield built in 1510

Tudor Row

In over 500 years of existence the building has served a number of purposes: 

  • A prison for Royalists between 1643 – 1646 
  • A home 
  • An antique shop
  • The cellars were air raid shelters during the second world war 
  • And from 1936 onwards, a delightful cafe 

If this was an actual tour and you’d driven in to Lichfield you would have spotted several spires dotting the skyline. The city has a few churches and one grand and stunning cathedral. 

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield cathedral

I can’t help but look at it and marvel at how something so intricate could have been built over 800 years ago without the advanced technology that we have today. 

Over the years Lichfield has played host to a handful of famous people. Physician Erasmus Darwin (grandfather to Charles Darwin) had a practice in the city and it is the birthplace of Dr. Samuel Johnson who wrote the first dictionary of the English language.  

Dr. Johnson's Birthplace

The Walking Bed Tour of Lichfield terminates here, don’t be afraid to leave me a tip or cake. 

I really hope that you enjoyed this post because it was so much fun to write and I would love to do some more in the future. 

If you’re ever in the Midlands, or you come over to the UK for a holiday, I highly recommend a trip to Lichfield. 

I always feel like London gets most of the attention when it comes to tourism in England but the Midlands has a huge amount of history and is much better* and cheaper. There’s Lichfield, we have Iron Bridge Gorge Museum and Alton Towers. Oh and Cannock Chase, and frankly you’d be hard pushed to find something better to do on a nice sunny day than take a walk up The Chase. 

(* – Yes, that’s my opinion again but I’ve been to a few cities in Europe and London is the most overrated one as far as I’m concerned. Manchester is better than London.)

What’s your favourite city and why? 

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  • I love these photos! I need to do more tours of cities. I totally agree with London being overrated, I have the chance to live there a couple of times but I just couldn’t think of anything worse (I could, that is slightly over the top). I have a few favourite cities; Edinburgh because I always find something new to explore, Sheffield for so many reasons, 1. it is the greenest city in England, 2. it is super close to the countryside so you can escape whenever you like 3. there is so many hidden treasures, nooks to explore, stories to be told etc and finally my other favourite city is Truro in Cornwall, of course being a Cornish girl this had to be on the list. It is one if not the, smallest city in England. Super cute, beautiful and you can do everything in a day. xx

    • Rosie

      Thank you 🙂 Oh I wouldn’t fancy living in London either, unfortunately as I want to be a motorsport journalist and most of the papers are based down there I may have to one day. BOO!

      I’ve never actually been for a day in Sheffield. I went there once to see My Chemical Romance, I should go one day. Cornwall is beautiful, I don’t think I went to Truro though. Well I suppose that means I better go back!

  • I love historical UK cities! That library looks great and I would love to have tea in the cafe. I’ve lived in Cardiff for 3 years now and I love it. I have a soft spot for Liverpool too, and Chester is beautiful. Those black and white Tudor buildings always catch my eye in any city.

    • Rosie

      I went to Cardiff a few years ago and it’s such a beautiful city. It doesn’t feel too big either. I would love to go back and visit the castle.

      Someone on Twitter told me Chester is beautiful too when they saw my photos. I’m going to try and go on one of the next sunny weekends.

      • That’s a great idea! I used to visit Chester quite often as a child and so it will always have a special place in my heart. I never thought I’d love Cardiff this much but its history and beauty soon had me won over.

  • I will admit, I did have to google where Litchfield was – my geography of that part of England is ridiculously poor – my bad! But it looks a cute little place. I love all those old Tudor buildings, they always have so much character.

    • Rosie

      My geography of the world is good, but England? Not so good. I have been known to get lost 10 minutes from my house, which was embarrassing.

      • Northern England I’m grand with, south of Sheffield, not a chance lol.

  • Julie Crawford

    that is such a fun idea, I loved your armchair tour! Such beautiful architecture. There are lots of beautiful cities and town in England, it’s nice to hear about the ones that are not quite as well known!

    • Rosie

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, it was really fun to put together. There are so many towns like this across England and it’s easy to get used to it, so it was nice to take photos of Lichfield and appreciate it, and then fangirl about it on the internet.

  • I loved reading this! Err, I mean going on tour with you. I would happily tip you with both cash and cake.

    I’ve never been to England but I have a friend that is planning to make the move and that means a visit will be in order sooner or later. Sadly I think he’s pretty settled on London but I’ll be sure to tell him to travel around too.

    One of my favourite places I’ve ever been – and why I’ve gone back every chance I get – is Berlin. I know it’s changing and becoming so much more gentrified (not sure if that’s 100% the right word) and it’s very different know than it was even 5 years ago. I left a piece of my heart there and was *so close* to doing a Master’s there, but it just would have been a bad decision based on the program and for financial reasons so I backed out. I haven’t entirely given up on moving there but the city is changing so fast I fear it won’t be the same by the time I get there.

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • Rosie

      Yay, I’m so glad you liked it. I would happily accept one of your tasty looking cakes as a tip.

      Yes, do tell him to look around. That’s one of the nice things about living in the UK, most things aren’t that far away.

      I would love to go to Berlin. My best friend has been a couple of times and loved it. It’s a shame that it’s changing so fast, I’m a big believer in ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, but I guess they probably feel there’s a need to change it.

      For years Germany has been a place I really want to visit and I managed it briefly last year but I don’t really count it because I was just staying in a hotel in Germany when I went to the Belgian Grand Prix. My dream would be to take a few weeks to drive around Germany and eat lots of cake.

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