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Where sacred heritage is about more than gorgeous pottery.

Staffordshire is known around the world for its history and heritage.

Of course, you can immerse yourself in the history of the ceramics industry, with factory tours and galleries. Sitting alongside canals, in market towns and close to castles, railways and breweries Staffordshire's churches, chapels and meeting housesare hidden gems. 

The county's original tourist attraction, 1300 year old Lichfield Cathedral, is known for it's medieval wall paintings and famous Herkenrode stained glass. St Giles, Cheadle is Pugins most magnificent work - stunning when you first experience it.

No other county is home to an AONB (Cannock Chase), a National Forest and the Peak District National Park. All feature trails and rides which pass and visit churches. Why not stop in for a wander, cool down or even lunch.

Staffordshire is so rich in history and heritage that one visit is never enough.

We have selected six to show off here, but there are many more.



Staffordshire churches on our map

St Mark, Shelton

The ‘Potters Cathedral’ is a significant local landmark and the home of unique artworks created by artisan potters and craftsmen.


St Nicholas, Abbot's Bromley

Six huge pairs of painted reindeer antlers hang in the north chapel. For hundreds of years they have been among the props for Abbots Bromley's famous Horn Dance. It takes place each September


Holy Angels, Hoar Cross

This amazing gothic revival church is quite a surprising find in a remote hamlet in rural Staffordshire and is one of the finest examples of the work by GF Bodley.


St Mary, Ingestre

When a drawing labelled 'Mr Chetwynd's tower' turned up among Wren's papers, it began to seem fairly certain that this fine church of the 1670s was indeed the work of the architect of St Paul's Cathedral.


St Giles, Cheadle

The finest of all the churches built by the celebrated 19th century architect and designer AWN Pugin.


Lichfield Cathedral

Over 1300 years of history in the only medieval three spired Cathedral in the UK! See a medieval wall painting, the famous Herkenrode stained glass, the Lichfield Angel and more.

Memorial at Holy Cross Ilam
Mike Searle

Holy Cross, Ilam

In the pleasant grounds of Ilam Hall stands a church with an ancient secret: the tomb of a hermit and king with a tragic story, St Betram.


St John the Baptist, Wall

The church overlooks the churchyard with a spectacular view of the Roman site of Letocetum which had grown around the Roman fort at the junction of Watling Street and Ryknild Street.


St Peter, Elford

Set in an award winning churchyard at the end of a long lime avenue in a pretty estate village, the atmospheric church of St Peter is a gem.



National Parks

Incredible churches in wild landscapes. From the rugged wilds of the Cairngorms and the ancient woodlands of the New Forest to the golden shores of the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Oak Apple Day

The escape of Charles II from England in 1651 was a key episode in his life. The story is remembered in the traditions of Oak Apple Day, on 29 May.

Come on in and start planning your next Staffordshire adventure!

A group of enthusiasts compiling information on all of Staffordshire’s historic churches.

organise a number of guided tours and help with maintenance grants.

Getting here

Getting to Staffordshire is really easy, it's right in the middle of the UK, near to main motorways and train lines, as well as three international airports.

For walkers, cyclists, visits to the area's market towns and major attractions leave the car (or motorhome) behind and make your journey with Moorland Connect.

Holy Cross, Ilam

David Nicholls