Stafford Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1347

Location: Stafford ST16 1DJ

History: First built as a hugh timber fortrest in 1100 AD by Robert de Toeni, (later known as Robert of Stafford) under the orders of William the Conqueror in the Norman period, Stafford Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 900 years.

It saw action during the Civil War, when it withstood a siege by Parliamentary forces, but later fell when the attackers brought in heavy artillery. The castle was abandoned in the seventeenth century but later rebuilt as a Gothic style residence in 1813

The work was never finished although the structure was used as a residence until 1949 after which it was abandoned when it was deemed structural unsound. The remains of this structure, along with the earthworks of the earlier Norman castle, have been stabilised and are visible today.

Review: So despite living near this castle for years – well basically my whole life – I’ve never actually been inside the castle.

I walked around the castle a few times though, but unfortunately, it’s only open a couple days of the week.

Anyway, luckily me and Luke had a weekend together (kind of sucks when your boyfriend works different shifts and I just work 9-5 Monday to Friday, but we make it work).

So we had first planned to just chill this weekend, it was the first weekend we had together after the busy Christmas period (I think it was about mid January), but then we decided that we wanted to actually go out and do something.

We first thought about going back to Calke Abbey since we hadn’t been there since our first date, but it was closed.

We wanted to go out and do something, but most places were still closed since it was only the start of January.

Luckily, we realised that Stafford Castle was open and it made perfect sense to go there, since I had to go into Stafford to collect a balloon for my Grandma’s 85th birthday later that day!

So we went to Stafford castle, as we wanted to do something.

Now it’s free to get in, which is great, but there’s a massive hill up to the castle.

The Hill

Now the photo doesn’t show how steep this hill is, but trust me it is.

But you don’t have to go up, instead you can go right at the bottom of the hill and walk around up the castle.

Now this is a really nice walk up the castle, and I strongly suggest you do it this way, so that you can read all the boards that are dotted around the area. This is the best way to learn as much as you can about the history of this place.

What I loved about this castle is, despite the fact that there is very little left of it. You can still get a good sense of what it would have been like back in its glory days.

Stafford Castle, Past and Present

The above picture should give you a slightly better idea of how much bigger the castle would have been.

But it’s not just the castle that would have been impressive, but the rest of the grounds of the castle as well.

Although there is not much to see, there was an exhibit that explored the castle’s history and I thought that that was pretty fascinating.

But what was good about this exhibit was that you could see what the castle looked like before it was built as an actual stone building.

The Daily Life Of The Once Bustling Fortress

Anyway, me and Luke were making our way round the grounds and there are plenty of signs to keep us entertained.

Since we went in January, it should have been no surprise by how wet and muddy the grounds were.

There was one bit where I’m sure we provided people with a lot of entertainment, as we struggled to cross over one particular muddy bit of ground. Well we found it pretty funny as we narrowly made it to the other side without falling over.

We walked all around the back of the castle first before we decided to go inside. And I would suggest you walk round the castle first, as this way you can read all the information that you need.

When we made our way into the castle, I was pleasantly surprised by what we found.

Now it’s not huge, but it was certainly more interesting then I thought it would be.

Stafford Castle Fireplace

You enter in through one of the turrets, and are greeted by this simple room that has a fireplace in it. Not hugely exciting, but still a nice little room.

But then you walk in through the next door, and you enter into the main part.

The Centre Of The Castle

Me and Luke didn’t really know what to expect when we walked into this bit. But I have to say it was a lot better than we thought it was going to be.

You can’t see in the photo, but there was a family who were exploring the castle at the same time, and they had a dog with them that was running up and down this room several hundred times.

I wish I had that much energy!

Not only that, but it was really cute to see them having a blast at this castle. I think they were playing hide and seek or tag or something.

I mean there weren’t many places they could hide, but at least they could run up and down this corridor!

Stafford Castle Corridor

I wasn’t expecting to see something like this. To be honest I just thought it would be a simple brick wall and nothing more, but it had a little bit more than I expected.

Also not that you can really see in this photo… but can anyone see me? I think I moved quick enough, but there’s a doorway just to the side that I was peeking through, just as Luke decided to take a photo. I think it’s fairly safe to say I moved quickly enough.

There are a few details on this castle which you might miss as well. So if you do plan on visiting Stafford Castle in the future when it’s all safe, then make sure you keep your eye out.

You don’t want to miss out on things like this!

It’s a shame that the castle keep was destroyed in the 20th century. I understand that it would have been too dangerous if it was left alone, but it would have a great thing to see.

I do have to say that my favourite thing about Stafford Castle is the view though.

You can see so much from the outside of the Castle and admittedly I think me and Luke went on a pretty nice day, it was still pretty great to be able to see so much!

The View From The Castle

I wish I made a note what town we were looking at though (as I don’t know – my geography is awful haha), as they have a thing like a trig point (not sure what you would call it), but it points in the direction of all the different places and it tells you how far they all are, so that was quite nice.

If anything, Stafford Castle is a nice little trip out if you are in the area. I don’t think it’s worth driving miles and miles for, but it was certainly an interesting and enjoyable experience.

I mean we certainly look like we enjoyed ourselves!

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of castles, you can just go and enjoy a nice wildlife walk around the castle AND as a little added bonus, they have a medieval garden that you can go and explore.

Just make sure you go at the right time of year, as me and Luke decided to have a little peek, but since it was early January there wasn’t really anything to look at.

For a free trip I can’t really complain and I can’t wait for the next time when we can go on an adventure like this one again!

49 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved this castle 😊 yes it was very muddy and I think I nearly slipped over at one point. I learnt so much from reading the boards it’s an amazing place 😁 can’t wait to go back with you soon xx

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    1. It would be good to go back when it isn’t quite as muddy haha! x

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  2. Dr. Vador says:

    Interesting post. Hopefully one day I get to visit this amazing castle.

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    1. I hope you get to visit this place one day!

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  3. Bexa says:

    It sounds like you both had such a great day exploring the castle! It’s really interesting to learn about it’s history and I imagine it would be fascinating to walk around. The view from the castle looks really pretty, you picked such a nice day to visit. Thanks for sharing your adventure, sounds like a fun day out! ❀ xx

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    1. We were very lucky with the weather considering this was back in January! Except for it being very muddy, it was a great adventure x

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  4. I love the pictures and all the history. Thank you for sharing! I love your posts πŸ’•πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you! I always love sharing the history of places like this, so I’m glad to hear you do too πŸ™‚

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  5. adamjnew85 says:

    I love this blog πŸ˜ƒ Showing me interesting places that aren’t too far away. A free to roam about place is ideal for our kids as well.

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    1. It’s always surprising how many great places there are nearby that we can explore – and it’s always a bonus when they’re free! I hope you get to visit this place soon πŸ™‚

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      1. adamjnew85 says:

        I had this conversation at work once. We travel miles around the country and go abroad. Yet I’ve probably not visited half the places you can in Derbyshire, never mind the surrounding counties like Notts, Staffs, Leics.

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      2. Yes! We don’t always need to go abroad or travel far to have an adventure. Since joining the National Trust and being an English Heritage member I’ve found so many places that are near home. It’s just a shame that I can’t go and explore them at the moment 😦

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  6. Fy says:

    Interesting post, sounds like something I’d really like to do. And the pictures are incredible! xx

    Fy https://cultureeighteen.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you! There’s a lot of history that comes with this castle, so even though it’s small, it is certainly interesting x

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  7. Looks like a pretty place, specially the interior.. Pretty nice landscape, I love the decoration too..

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    1. It’s a really great place and the view is spectacular!

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  8. KathrinS says:

    Wow, that view would probably be my favourite thing, too. It’s beautiful. Once the world goes back to some kind of normal, I’m hoping to be able to travel more in the UK. It’s nice to know the country you live in very well. This is definitely an area and site I will add to my list.

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    1. The view was lovely, we had great weather for it to be fair! Would be wonderful if you could visit this place soon when it’s safe of course x

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      1. KathrinS says:

        Yes it would be great, hopefully I can do many such trips after the lockdown.

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  9. I love visiting castles! This is one for me to add to my list once lockdown is over as I’ve never been. Thanks for sharing this place with us πŸ™‚

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    1. I hope you get to visit this place soon, it makes for a nice little trip out!

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  10. Charlotte Louise says:

    Sounds like you both had a fab time and the castle is beautiful! I hope have the opportunity to visit one day. I love the photos too, they’re amazing! Great post x

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    1. Thank you! It was a great day out to be honest, just waiting for the day when it’s safe to go on another adventure! x

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  11. John Aiwone says:

    Stafford Castle looks really beautiful and the hill compliments it really well. Minus the cold in the winter it sounds like you chose the perfect day to visit in time of the weather. Seeing these kind of landmarks and their architecture up close is one of the main things I miss about travelling.

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    1. It was a really beautiful place, and the view was amazing! I can’t wait to be able to go out and travel to new places like this – hopefully soon!

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  12. maddieastle says:

    This sounds very cool! I love all of your posts, they’re so interesting and just show how much history and stories there are behind everything. Thank you for sharing 😊

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    1. I definitely love history haha! This was certainly a very cool place to go and explore x

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  13. Sure you guys had a whole lot of fun! I’m happy you were finally able to get it but it’s quite painful that the Stafford Castle lost a huge chunk of its former self.
    Well, I guess that’s inescapable for ancient city monuments just like the Collosuem.
    I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I always wish that I could go back in time and see what these places would have been like back in their glory days! I’m sure places like the Collosuem would be absolutely incredible!

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  14. Sue Berk Koch Children's Author says:

    I especially liked your past and present shot of the castle. Ruins are fun! I’d love to visit someday, thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Thank you! It’s great being able to see what this castle would have been like, and I definitely agree with you about ruins being fun! I hope you get to visit one day πŸ™‚

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  15. Lisa Alioto says:

    It always amazes me how structures like this could be built way back when….

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  16. Daisy Hudson says:

    Looks like such a beautiful experience!

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    1. It really was – I can’t wait to be able to go back!

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  17. brijeshdhanani says:

    I loved your article.

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  18. Rebekka kaur says:

    It’s weird how much old places even though they are abandoned and demolished can speak. The history is in each and every wall and brick of that place which is really love. Thanks for sharing this and you are lucky you have something like this near your place. It’s really pretty.

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    1. That is very true! There’s so much history in these sorts of places, and it’s just so incredible!

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  19. a Life on a Dime says:

    Wow! It must’ve been so neat to wander through and picture what the castle used to look like when it was occupied!

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    1. It really was! This castle would have been amazing in the past!

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  20. Em Wells says:

    What a fun day out! The pictures are so beautiful, it is nice you got to visit it after all this time and go inside!

    Em x

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    1. Haha yes, I’m glad I finally got to explore all of it, even if it took me a few years!

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  21. Kelly Diane says:

    It sounds like a lovely castle to spend a couple of hours in if you’re in the area. I love exploring castles and ruins, never knowing what your going to see. Great post!

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    1. It’s always fun when you get to explore places, and it’s even better when there’s a history to them as well! Thank you x

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  22. Mareka Maci says:

    I’m a big history buff β€πŸ’• I totally love this. Can’t wait to see which ones you go to later!

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    1. Thank you! These places are really great, I can’t wait till it’s all safe and I can go explore another one!

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  23. Looks a lovely place to visit once we are able to visit places πŸ™‚

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

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