The site commonly known as Stafford Castle was once home to a substantial Norman fort of motte and bailey design. Originally constructed around the 1080s by Robert de Toeni (de Tosny) in response to the unrest of the local people. The site became the seat of the Stafford family.
Now after recent restoration work and a programme of archaeological investigation Stafford Castle is considered one of the best surviving examples of Norman earthworks in the country. A programme of archaeological excavations has gradually revealed many of its secrets. Visitors can follow an informative trail of interpretation panels to discover the castle's history. Today, the remains of the castle, together with the surrounding grounds, give visitors a fascinating insight to the 900 year history of this important site.
The visitor centre is a gem, interactive guides, displays, souvenirs and gifts are available. Books and leaflets about the castle and Stafford are available along with basic refreshments. Outside the visitor centre is the well attended replica Medieval Herb Garden.