Aug 28th, 2007, 06:35 AM
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hi, has anyone been to staffordshire ? my and my husband together with our 1 year old daughter are planning a holiday there , could anyone give me any tips, regarding accomodation,(no hotels pls) B & B , farmhouses etc are excellent, what to see and do, transportation etcetra thanks loads!!!!!
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Aug 28th, 2007, 07:10 AM
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Only been stuck in traffic jams on the M6 trying to drive through Staffordshire, but try this website!
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This is probably not real helpful, but I went to Staffordshire 30 years ago and was charmed. I stayed with relatives in Tamworth. There were some lovely thatched roof homes that were still inhabited. We saw Tamworth Castle there.

We did a bit of driving in nearby areas and saw Warwick Castle (highly recommend), Chatsworth House, Leicester Cathedral. Drove through Nottingham Forest.

I wish I could give you up to date information, but the area is worth a visit, in my opinion.
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As far as I know, the only time I visited Staffordshire was a day I spent visiting Lichfield last October. It was well worth a visit -- I toured the cathedral, attended evensong in the cathedral, visited the Samuel Johnson birthplace museum and Erasmus Darwin's (grandfather of Charles Darwin)home and wandered through the park where the statue of the captain of the Titanic is located.

Go to for an interactive accommodations listing. While it is an excellent site, I found that most B&B providers were not keeping their information up-to-date, and those that were up-to-date weren't responding to e-mails. I stayed in Birmingham and took the train in.
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ron -

Thanks for jogging my memory! I went to Lichfield and not Leicester. Sorry about the confusion, KarenM.

I knew it didn't sound right when I wrote "Leicester"....
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Aug 29th, 2007, 01:09 AM
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thanks for the info, has anyonebeen to alton towers and its suroundings, as we need to give our little girl some place to play too, and we both need to have fun. we come from the island of malta and driving here is mad, was it ok to drive in the uk? thanks once again
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Aug 29th, 2007, 01:40 AM
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I live fairly nearby there (south yorkshire); Alton Towers has everything you would expect from a big theme park, including a few quite scary white knuckle rides. It is massively popular, so if you are there during the UK school holidays, expect long queues to get on the most popular rides.

The driving in the staffs area will be no problem, neither will it be if you explore the surrounding areas (derbyshire and the peaks, nottinghamshire) The only issue with driving is if you head towards Birmingham. Here the roads can be very busy and personally I find them a bit rough-going. I'd recommend considering public transport if you are interested in Birmingham.

Let me know what you are interested in and I should be able to make some recommendations
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Aug 29th, 2007, 01:45 AM
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thanks loads libuse, yes we would love to go to alton towers, i think we can find some suitable rides for our daughter right? what about accomodation near alton towers? we wouldn't want a hotel as it might be too expensive,what would you suggest? and any other attractions we could take our daughter too?
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Aug 29th, 2007, 05:12 AM
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I think that what you need to bear in mind is how close you are to several other counties, so rather than restrict your search just to staffordshire, also make sure you search tourist sites for adjoining counties.

Things that your daughter might like include the robin hood place in Nottingham
Peak Cavern in Derbyshire and while you are in Derbyshire, The Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath

In staffordshire there is another theme park - Drayton Manor, which I think has a zoo (there's also the brewery museum in Burton but perhaps she is a bit young for that! she might like the shire horses though)

Also remember you are very close to Stratford on Avon and therefore all the Shakespeare related sites

I'm afraid I'm not sure about accomodation in the area, I would suggest searching on line for cottages. I've used in other areas and was happy with them.

Hope that helps

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Aug 29th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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you've received so good info so far. Just one quick thought -- I don't think any of the rides/attractions at Alton Towers are geared to 1 yo's. Not that you shouldn't visit - but really for the adults. Sort of like going to Disneyland w/ a 1 yo. Mostly stroller time for the child.
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Aug 29th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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i know but i thought maybe there are some good play areas with soft balls and stuff you know what i mean? are there any round that area? we are thinking of also go to wiltshire is there more to do with 1 yr old?
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