Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. Part of the National Forest lies within its borders the county town is Stafford.
In the north and in the south the county is hilly, with wild moorlands in the far north and Cannock Chase an area of natural beauty in the south. Staffordshire is home to the highest village in Britain, Flash. The village, in the Staffordshire Moorlands, stands at 463 m (1518 ft) above sea level.
In July 2009 the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found in Britain was discovered in a field near Lichfield. The artefacts, known as The Staffordshire Hoard have tentatively been dated to the 7th or 8th centuries, placing the origin of the items in the time of the Kingdom of Mercia.
Things to do
Discover the great outdoors and the amazing countryside in Staffordshire - from the towering gritstone crags of the Peak District, to the unspoilt ancient heather heathland of Cannock Chase to the peaceful, leafy woodlands of the National Forest to the open country parkland and secluded byways of South Staffordshire.
With attractions and activities for all the family you will always have things to do in Staffordshire. The county has some of the best, world-class attractions and UK theme parks, great expanses of glorious countryside, celebrated museums and castles, blooming great gardens, exciting cities and towns, more miles of canal than any other shire county and the UK's only Monkey Forest, plus the world famous Anderton Boat Lift, Immerse yourself in the waterway wonder then step aboard the Edwin Clark trip bat for lift trips and river cruises.