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Things to do

Things to do in Eccleshall


Quintessentially English Eccleshall is a beautiful old Market Town, enveloped by stunning Staffordshire countryside.

A conservation area, it’s high street boasts pretty Georgian Houses and quaint independent shops. From spring time It is adorned in flowers provided by the local Ecclian Society, winning the Town numerous “Britain in bloom” awards. Come the winter months, they are replaced with twinkling festive lights and trees.

It truly has something for everyone, from an array of cosy pubs, lively bars and quality cafes and restaurants, to boutiques and hair and beauty salons.

With its monthly farmers market and famous festival, charm and character abound in this vibrant and picturesque town where you are sure of a warm,  friendly welcome from all its residents.

There are too many fabulous eateries, watering holes, shops and attractions in Eccleshall to mention, so here are just a few of our favourites.


The Royal Oak – wholesome homemade pub grub and lovely ale in a cosy atmosphere.

The Old Smithy – Voted in the top three places to eat in Stafford, it offers a top quality, friendly dining experience.

Flour and Co Bakehouse – This bakery and coffee shop is perfect to pop in for lunch, with lots of yummy treats to suit all tastes.


The Eagle Inn – Our local, just few minutes’ walk away! You are guaranteed a warm welcome in this sports bar that has a great outside area and does a mean rum cocktail.

The Ecclian  – There is always something going on at this traditional pub on the high street, well worth a visit for a night out.

Sancerre wine bar and café – This place has got it all. Coffee, cake, tasty lunches, and wine! All within a sophisticated setting, open in the day and the evening.


The town has an array of clothes shops, as well as a shoe shop, a gift shop and a jeweler. In the covered arcade there is a haberdashers and an art shop as well as hair, wellbeing and beauty establishments, all worth a visit.

There is also an equestrian shop, butchers, florist and home and furniture boutique.


Fletchers garden centre makes a great day out, with a play area, café, shop, crazy golf and a mini Railway.

Next door to Fletchers is Gentleshaw wildlife centre, where you can see a variety of rescued exotic animals.

Further out of the town, Alton Towers is just over half an hour away, which makes a fun day out for all.

For those appreciating a slower pace, World of Wedgewood is a mere twenty minutes and has a delightful café.

Half an hour away is the National Trust’s Shugborough Estate where you can tour their extensive gardens and stately home.

Trentham Gardens,  has 725 acres of woodland, play parks and a shopping village and is about 15 minutes away.

Just out of the town, Sugnall Hall and walled gardens is a spectacular wedding and corporate events venue and also has a lovely tea room.


As Eccleshall is surrounded by such stunning countryside, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to walks. There are many footpaths surrounding the town and Eccleshall Parish Council have created several leaflets with suggested walks.


Eccleshall is a very popular stop off for cyclists and you are welcome to store your bikes (at your own risk) in our garages if you fancy exploring the area on two wheels.

There are some suggested routes on Route You.


We often have business travelers staying with us from the nearby Brookside Business Park, the Swynnerton M.O.D. training camp and Drake Hall amongst other locations.

We are delighted to offer a warm welcome and a restful stay. With complimentary, high speed Wi-Fi throughout the building, you’ll always be connected.  Our two larger B&B rooms, and the Eagle’s nest apartment, have areas suitable for working at a laptop.  Our Library and terrace also make harmonious working environments.


Eccleshall cricket club is a lovely place to visit and while away a couple of hours. It is in a beautiful setting, just next to Holy Trinity Church.

Eccleshall FC hold regular matches at their ground, just outside the town at Pershall park, if you fancy an afternoon at the match.

If Rugby is more your thing, then Eccleshall RUFC practice at Baden Hall.

The nearest Golf Course is at Stone, ten minutes drive away. It is open to nonmembers and  has a challenging 9 hole, 18 tee course.

The nearest swimming pool is at Stafford Leisure centre. This modern building also has a large gym, squash courts, fitness classes and a beauty suite.  There is also a similar leisure centre in Stone.