In a Nutshell
A medieval city centre dominated by its cathedral, with plenty of traffic free streets. A good spot to combine high street shopping with dog friendly amenities.
Parking and Pooping
Lichfield is just a short drive off the A38 between Burton on Trent and Birmingham. There are various car parks, but if possible try and park at the Bird St car park where you are close to the main shopping area, but also alongside the Minster Pool where there is plenty of grass for pup. There are public loos here too and it's a good central base for exploring the city centre.
The centre of Lichfield is largely pedestrianised, making for easy walking with pup. Pavements elsewhere are generous too. The pedestrian area covers most of the core streets, bordered by Dam St to the north and Bird St to the south, with Market St and Bore St forming a square with the other two.
If you want to stretch pup's legs before hitting the shops, then head to the north corner of the car park to cut through to the cathedral, where you can walk the quiet streets around the The Close, that circles the impressive medieval cathedral. Opposite the south end of the Minster Pool is a good sized formal park too.
Keeping the Owners Amused
Lichfield has a bustling centre, incorporating the traditional with the new. The centre offers a range of individual and chain shops, with some quirkier antique and individual shops on Dam St leading to the cathedral. A range of branded high st shopping, including Debenhams can be found along Baker's Lane.
The cathedral itself and the old school buildings in The Close are architectural delights as well as housing the Erasmus Darwin House museum. There is also the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Breadmarket St.
A short distance outside of Lichfield, south on the A38 is the Heart of England Shopping Village, a collection of clothes, cafes and crafts with some attractively laid out seating areas. The National Arboretum is also close by for more pup walking.
As much of the centre is pedestrianised, there are numerous cafes and bakeries that have pavement seating. We noticed that Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero and various independent cafes had seating areas perfect for a cuppa and people watching.
The Peartree Cafe at the Heart of England Shopping Village offers a good range of french style cafe hot and cold snacks, with plenty of outside seating.
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Erasmus Darwin Museum
National Memorial Aboretum
Heart of England Shopping Village