Izaak Walton’s Cottage is open on Sunday afternoons between May and August
Izaak Walton, author of the ‘Compleat Angler’, owned this charming cottage that nestles in the tiny hamlet of Shallowford, between Stafford and Eccleshall. The thatched, 16th century, half-timbered building will be of interest to anglers and non-anglers alike.
Walton 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. Inside we learn about Izaak Walton the Merchant, Churchman, biographer, writer, angler, and Royalist. We learn of his great contribution to the genre of biography and his influence as an early conservationist.
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.
The ground floor shop has a range of gifts, souvenirs and local arts and crafts. Situated within the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, its tranquil environment is perfect for a calm and relaxing afternoon. Why not visit the knot garden and wander around the small orchard before treating yourself to an afternoon tea or ice cream.
There is an events programme in the summer months and school and group tours programme on request.
Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
Izaak Walton Cottage is now an approved venue for small Weddings and Civil Ceremonies.