Car hire in Stafford
Car hire in Stafford
Stafford is the historic county town of Staffordshire, lying halfway between Wolverhampton and the Potteries. While it has many interesting aspects of its own, the central location of the town makes it a great base for exploring the West Midlands and also the north of England.
What I need to know
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Where to pick up my car
Most of Stafford's car rental firms are located on the north side of town, close to the A34 and the ring road. Alternatively, those picking up a car through an airport rental firm can do so in the Manchester Airport (MAN) terminal 1 or across the road from terminals 2 and 3.
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Where to go
Stafford Castle is a 900-year-old Norman fortress, compete with earthworks and a visitor centre. The Ancient High House in the town centre is a classic example of Tudor architecture, while animal lovers can enjoy the Gentleshaw Birds of Prey and Wildlife centre in the middle of town, featuring everything from owls to lizards.
Attractions close to Stafford include the magnificent mansion of Shugborough House and its estate, which is now owned by the National Trust, while Ingestre Hall is another impressive mansion. The RAF Museum at Cosford near Wolverhampton is half an hour away by car, as are the green spaces and woods of Cannock Chase.
With the M6 skirting Stafford, it is easy to reach nearby big cities to the north in under two hours, such as Manchester and Liverpool. To the south, Birmingham is around 45 minutes away. For those preferring countryside, the Peak District National Park can be reached in an hour.
Eating and drinking
Staffordshire has plenty of traditional English food to enjoy, plus the usual array of outlets selling Italian, Indian or Chinese cuisine. Those enjoying a beer in Stafford will find it may not have travelled very far, as the nearby town of Burton is one of the main centres of the UK brewing industry.
Things to do
The Amerton Railway offers a narrow-gauge steam train experience and is a few minutes east of the town along the A518, while the Staffordshire County Showground offers a great reason to visit the town in summer when big events are on. Stafford also has some fine parks and riverside walks.
Those with a keen interest in local history will not just visit the local castles and halls, as the Trent and Mersey Canal provides a lovely waterside visit and an insight into the industrial heritage of the area. The Collegiate Church of St Mary is the town's finest ecclesiastical building.
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