Erasmus Darwin House
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
A short walk south of Erasmus Darwin House, this absorbing museum charts the life of the pioneering lexicographer, wit, poet and critic...
Lichfield Heritage Centre
A nicely presented series of exhibits covering 1300 years of Lichfield history, set in the old St Mary's Church. Climb the tower for...
Crowned by three dramatic towers, Lichfield Cathedral is a stunning Gothic fantasy, constructed in stages from 1200 to 1350. The...
Chapters Cathedral Coffee Shop
This fine 18th-century house has a lovely big window looking out onto the cathedral and views of a 13th-century walled garden. It serves...
Lonely Planet review
After turning down the job of royal physician to King George III – perhaps a lucky escape, considering the monarch's descent into madness – Erasmus Darwin became a leading light in the Lunar Society, debating the origins of life with such luminaries as Wedgwood, Boulton and Watt, decades before his grandson Charles came up with the theory of evolution. The former house of the 'Grandfather of Evolution' contains some intriguing personal effects, and at the back is a fragrant herb garden leading to Cathedral Close.