Izaak Walton, the celebrated author of the ‘Compleat Angler’, owned this charming cottage that nestles in the tiny hamlet of Shallowford, between Stafford and Eccleshall. His charming thatched 16th century half-timbered cottage will be of interest to anglers and non anglers alike. It offers a marvellous insight into the history of fishing and the literary talent of Stafford’s famous son.
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. 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. 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.
There is an events programme in the summer months and school and group tours can be booked on request.
Izaak Walton’s Cottage is located on Worston Lane, Stone, ST15 OPA
Opening hours and contact details
Opening hours: Sunday’s 1.00pm to 5.00pm May Through September
We offer tours that cater to KS 1/2/3 designed to fit the requirements of the National Curriculum. The tour at Izaak Walton’s Cottage involves looking at the famous anglers’ life with activities available to keep your pupils engaged throughout the day. Each group has its own designated Heritage guide for the entire day who will do their utmost to ensure you have a fantastic and memorable visit.