Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Fascinating Day Provided by Lichfield Council

I was one of the guests recently on a familiarisation day hosted by Lichfield City Council.

Lichfield, like a growing number of other towns and cities, is acutely aware of the economic benefits of inward tourism, and quite rightly goes out of its way to convince group travel organisers and coach operators that it is a worthwhile destination.

After coffee and biscuits, we were taken to the famous Lichfield Cathedral, where we were given a brief tour, and then it was across, via the cathedral shop, to the Erasmus Darwin House. Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of the much more famous Charles, was one of England`s greatest geniuses, and his home is now a fascinating museum of his life and times.

From there we went back to sit down and have an excellent lunch, at which we were addressed by councillors and council officers.

In the afternoon, we visited the Garrick Theatre, where we were shown around by the Associate Director, and Dr. Johnsons Birthplace, where we were allowed to look around at our leisure.

Finally, we visited the Lichfield Heritage Centre, housed in the former parish church in the Market Place.

It was an excellent day, and I`m sure that many of the guests will be bringing parties to this historic and welcoming city.