About Stafford Castle
Stafford Castle is a Grade II listed castle situated approximately 2 miles outside of the town of Stafford. Originally a huge timber framed fortress built in around 1071 on the orders of William the Conqueror, it provides an impressive example of the Motte and Bailey structure. Over time the castle has suffered changing fortunes with the castle becoming derelict in the 1950’s. A programme of restoration and archaeological investigation has meant that Stafford Castle is now one of the best surviving examples of a Norman earthworks in the country.
The site itself is 26 acres and consists of the Keep, inner bailey, outer bailey, herb garden and woodland. A visitor Centre houses hands on armour, arms and costumes and staff will be more than happy to help you get the most from your visit. You can also find light refreshments and snacks available
Visit our NEW website
We are delighted to let you know that we have launched our NEW website www.historicstafford.co.uk. Here you will find information on 'What's On' at our beautiful heritage sites in the Stafford area including the iconic Stafford Castle, Izaak Walton's Cottage and the Ancient High House.
Whether you're on a visit to our historic town or wanting to book an educational tour for your students and pupils or even wanting to arrange your wedding, you'll find it all here. Follow the link below to visit Historic Stafford.
What to do at Stafford Castle
The castle site hosts a number of large-scale events throughout the year including the annual Shakespeare festival. Wildlife fairs and re-enactment displays also form part of the regular events programme at the Castle. There are also themed workshops for children and specialist workshops for adults throughout the year.
We are extremely proud that Stafford Castle and its team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides have been awarded the Sandford award for educational excellence. We offer tours that cater to KS 1/2/3 designed to fit the requirements of the National Curriculum. Ours tours mix both indoor and outdoor learning to keep your pupils engaged through out the day. With additional activities to enhance their experience. Each group has its own designated Heritage guide for the entire day who will do their utmost to ensure you have a fantastic and memorable visit. Please speak to our tour co Ordinator about your particular requirements.
Are you looking for a more unusual birthday party? How about joining us and storming the Castle, before searching for treasure? With a knighting ceremony for the birthday child before marching back to our visitor centre for your birthday celebration. Lasting 1.5 hours these are limited to just one birthday party per day so please book well in advance.
We offer a bespoke service to anyone looking to bring a group of people to the castle. Please speak to our Tour Co-ordinator about your ideas and we can do the rest ensuring you have a memorable visit.
Our opening hours and contact details
Opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm (Summer); Weekends only 11.00am – 4.00pm (Winter)
Call us: 01785 619131
Email us: email@example.com
Our address: Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford ST16 1DJ