Learn about Izaak Walton the Merchant, Churchman, biographer, writer, angler, and royalist and his great contribution to the genre of biography and his influence as an early conservationist. Izaak left the cottage in his will to the people of his home town of Stafford, and now the museum pays homage to his illustrious life.
Izaak Walton, was an English writer. Best known as the author of The Compleat Angler, he also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title of Walton's Lives. He bought this charming cottage that nestles in the tiny hamlet of Shallowford, between Stafford and Stone for £350. His charming thatched 16th century half-timbered cottage will be of interest to anglers and non anglers alike.
Within the cottage the period rooms are furnished to reflect the rural trappings of the 17th Century. There are also rooms dedicated to Izaak the writer and biographer and to the history and evolution of angling.
Nestled within the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, its tranquil environment is perfect for a calm and relaxing afternoon. Why not enjoy afternoon tea or an ice cream in the knot garden or let the children run off their energy in the paddock field.
The ground floor shop has a range of gifts, souvenirs and local arts and crafts. There is an events programme in the summer months and school and group tours programme on request.
Events may be charged, please call for details.
Map & Directions
Leave the M6 at junction 13 or 14 and follow signs to Stafford. Take the A5013 towards Eccleshall, then follow the brown signs.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest railway station is Stafford, which is 7 miles away.
- On-site catering
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Venue approved for civil marriage
- Wedding receptions
- Free Parking
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
|Season (1 May 2022 - 31 Aug 2022)|
* Last admission is 30 minutes before closing