Lichfield is a pretty market town that is home to one of England’s most beautiful cathedrals. The Lichfield Cathedral boasts a fine Gothic front adorned with exquisitely carved statues of the kings of England and the major saints. The hallmark of the cathedral is its three spires which are especially beautiful to see at night. Inside there is a manuscript of the Lichfield Gospels from AD 730, as well as Flemish stained glass from the mid 13th century. In 2003 a Saxon statue of the Archangel Gabriel was discovered under the nave, and it is currently undergoing restoration. There are daily tours of the cathedral for visitors. Another worthwhile thing to do is take a stroll around the quiet Cathedral Close which is surrounded by 17th and 18th century houses. Also in Lichfield is the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum which charts the life of one of the most important figures in the history of the English language. The Erasmus Darwin Center is the house where Charles Darwin’s grandfather (a doctor, poet, inventor, and philosopher in his own right) lived from 1758 to 1781, and inside his life is commemorated with personal video, photos, and other memorabilia.