Today, we take a trip by rail to Tamworth – once the Capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Mercia, and now one of the Midlands largest towns sitting at the southernmost tip of Staffordshire.
Tamworth has a unique place in the historical landscape of the UK and offers its visitors the opportunity to discover this rich past as well as enjoy the many attractions of a thriving and busy town set in the beautiful county of Staffordshire.
Tamworth is extremely proud and passionate about its history and heritage.
Dating back to Saxon times, Tamworth was once home to the King of Mercia’s palace,and from King Offa to Alfred the Great and Aethelflaeda the town's history is crammed with stories of intrigue and warfare.
Tamworth was the home of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the modern Metropolitan Police Force, who had a connection to the Tamworth Pig, and Thomas Guy of Guy’s Hospital in London was raised here.
The Reliant Motor Company was founded here too, giving birth to the famous 3-wheeler.
Its many attractions include The Assembly Rooms, and of course Tamworth Castle, a Norman Motte and Bailey fortification.
Shopping in Tamworth “The old town” with its quirky, independent retailers offers a unique experience.
In the town centre there are cosy restaurants for that exclusive dining experience, bistros to enjoy with friends and cafes galore to pick up that lunchtime snack on the go.
There's also a great selection of independent cafes offering superb quality food in great surroundings, freshly prepared for you to enjoy such as The Deanery and Bitter and Sweet.
Tamworth has a reputation for great Italian at DaQuino and Portobello, superb English/European dining at Christopher’s and many fabulous Indian Restaurants to choose from, the newest and largest being Blue Water opened in April 2015.
Tamworth also boasts every Pizza option from Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Dominos, Papa G’s and Pizza Express.
Our rail trip starts at Chester Station at 9.35am and arrives in Tamworth at 11.19am just in time for a mid-morning break. We leave Tamworth at 5.39pm and arrive back in Chester at 7.12pm. The return ticket is £19.85