Trains to Stafford
Catch a train to Stafford and discover a town adorned by charming architecture that’s as historically fascinating as it is visually intriguing. There’s plenty on offer for everyone here, from bustling retail areas to fine restaurants and bars.
Culture and heritage
Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire, is adorned by charming architecture and a bustling town centre. Its rich history is evident today in the form of fascinating landmarks, including the 11th century Stafford Castle and the Elizabethan Ancient High House, which is the largest timber-framed town house in England.
Today, the eye-catching Ancient High House serves as a museum; guiding visitors through four-hundred years of history. Stafford Castle was built by the Normans and, having been rebuilt several times, has an interesting story to tell. You can discover it at the visitor centre with audiovisual displays and more.
If Stafford is your base for a few days, you could hop on a bus direct to Alton Towers. Book advanced tickets for discounted rates and enjoy an action-packed day of thrills, fun and excitement for all the family.
Food and drink
Alongside an eclectic mix of shops, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and bars for mid-shopping spree pit stops and evening socials throughout Stafford.
Head to the top of Church Lane for Soup Kitchen, where you’ll find scrumptious homemade food and afternoon teas. A traditional family-friendly pub menu can be found at Vine Hotel on Salter Street, and at Hungry Horse on Kingsway.
Familiar favourites can be found at Riverside; from Nando’s and Zizzi, to some of the finest Aberdeen Angus fixes in town at The Burger Priest.
Sports and outdoors
The green oasis of Victoria Park is a mere stone’s throw from the train station and has plenty for the family to enjoy. Kids can let off steam at the play area which hosts the likes of a trampoline, a 7m-high climbing net, a sand pit with diggers, and much more. The park itself is blessed with riverside walks and a bowling green.
Music and nightlife
When it comes to entertainment, head to the Gatehouse Theatre in the town centre for a roster of stage productions, live music, and more. It’s also the producer of Stafford Shakespeare; an annual event that showcases The Bard’s work, with Stafford Castle as an impressive backdrop. If you’re after the latest blockbusters, the ODEON Luxe Stafford and Stafford Cinema offer choice for a modern silver screen experience.
The town centre hosts a mix of national and independent retailers. Some of the big names can be found at the recently completed Riverside shopping area, where you’ll find the likes of H&M, Primark, New Look, and M&S.
Where do trains to Stafford arrive and depart?
WMR trains arrive and depart from Stafford’s only train station, which serves the town and surrounding villages. Stafford train station lies on Goal Road, a brief six-minute walk from the town centre.
Which train services run direct to Stafford?
Being situated at the heart of the West Midlands, some 16 miles north of Wolverhampton and 18 south of Stoke, makes travelling to Stafford by train a breeze.
We operate direct trains from Birmingham to Stafford each day, and up to three trains every hour, with the fastest service taking just 31 minutes. Prices start from £11.90.
When is the best time to travel to Stafford by train?
It’s wonderfully cheap and easy to travel to Stafford by train. By opting for off-peak times to travel, you’ll enjoy less-crowded trains and cheaper ticket prices too.