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Enjoy a guided tour of historic Lichfield during March
Put your best foot forward and sign up for a series of guided tours of the historic Staffordshire city of Lichfield. The Visit Lichfield group is offering new guided tours during the month of March, including a tour to celebrate Mother's Day. People are being invited to see local history come alive by visiting the spots where history was made and celebrate the rich characters of Lichfield's past. There are a number of interesting tours to choose from, starting with Pool Walk with St Chad on Sunday 1st March at 2.30pm. The walk will involve a costumed tour guide taking participants on an exploration of the history of Lichfield's saints. The guide will reveal all about St Chad, his work as the Bishop of Mercia in the Dark Ages, and the history of his contemporaries and the Midland saints. The tour costs 6 to join.

Lichfield Cathedral
The Cathedral Close Tour offers an insight into this majestic building


This will be followed by a Cathedral Close Tour on Sunday 8th March during which people will learn about the buildings and inhabitants of the past in the vicinity of Lichfield Cathedral. Georgian Gems, on Saturday 14 March, offers a fascinating guided tour revealing the Georgian history and architecture of the city. Both tours start at 2pm and also cost 6. Next up in the series of guided Lichfield tours is a Women's History Tour on Sunday 22nd March to celebrate Mother's Day. Be inspired and amazed by the stories of some of the women who have made their mark on Lichfield in a variety of ways throughout history, including the Romantic poet, Anna Seward. Afterwards enjoy some well-earned refreshments at Erasmus Darwin House. The tour will run from 2pm and costs 9.50 per person. And, finally, the series concludes with Literature Tour: Reading, Writing and Roaming on Sunday 29th March, in what is described as an informative tour, exploring the literary characters that shaped Lichfield. The tour costs 6 to join.

Erasmus Darwin House
Enjoy Mother's Day refreshments at Erasmus Darwin House


Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said: "We are really pleased with our line-up of spring tours which has something for everyone. From the intrigues of saints to the women who have helped shape Lichfield, there is so much local history to find out. We hope plenty of families will book onto our Women's History Tour on Mother's Day so they can spend some quality time with their mothers celebrating women of the past and present. With the signs of spring on the way, the tours offer a gentle stroll through our picturesque city and parks, while finding out lots of interesting facts along the way."

St Mary's in the Market Square
Tickets can be booked from St Mary's in the Market Square


To find out more about the tours on offer, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk/tours. All tours need to be booked either in person at the Visitor Information desk at St Mary's in the Market Square or by calling the team on 01543 308924. People are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and wear shoes comfortable enough to walk in.
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Why? Enjoy the city of Lichfield on a series of guided tours
When: March 1 to 29
Phone: 01543 308924
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD
Cost: Tours cost from 9
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