Burghley House

Type:Historic House / Palace

Burghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY

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About

Burghley is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the sixteenth century and a magnificent example of the great Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ houses. Conceived by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, Burghley is a testament to the ambition and vision of the most powerful courtier of the first Elizabethan age.

With its dramatic skyline and towering obelisk clock tower, Burghley was built to impress and the State Rooms on the first floor are awe-inspiring.

Explore the original soaring Tudor kitchen and tour the magnificent State Rooms before descending the Hell Staircase painted by Antonio Verrio and into the Great Hall, used as a banqueting hall in Elizabethan days.

During the 17th and 18th Centuries, John 5th Earl of Exeter and Brownlow, the 9th Earl travelled to the cultural centres of Europe returning to Burghley with an enormous collection of art and furniture.

Burghley contains one of the largest private collection of Italian art, unique examples of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and superb items of 18th Century furniture.

Park and Gardens

Burghley House is set in a 300 acre deer park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. It’s one of the finest examples of his work and includes a meandering 28 acre lake, the elegantly designed Lion Bridge and delightful avenues of mature trees.

The tranquil Sculpture Garden is home to a collection of contemporary sculptures amongst diverse plantings, sweeping wildflowers and hidden paths.  The Garden of Surprises is a visual and sensory experience inspired by the Elizabethan fascination with astrology, astronomy and classical civilisations.

The private South Garden is open from mid-March to mid April for the display of spring blubs.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Garden only£13.50 per ticket
Adult - House & Garden£20.00 per ticket
Child (age 3-15) - Garden only£9.50 per ticket
Child (age 3-15) - House & Garden£11.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults + 3 children) - Garden only£44.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults + 3 children) - House & Garden£58.00 per ticket

Please note that tickets to the Gardens are valid for 365 days, so you are welcome to return as many times as you wish from the date of purchase for an entire year during normal opening times. (Group and schools education visits excluded).

For tickets and pricing please visit: https://www.burghley.co.uk/visiting/tickets/

Directions

Road Directions

By car

Burghley is 1 mile from Stamford and 20 minutes north of Peterborough on the A1.

From the South:

Take the Carpenters Lodge exit on the A1 signposted to Burghley House, turn left on to the B1081 towards Stamford.

Follow the road alongside the park wall and the impressive Bottle Lodges entrance gates down towards Stamford.

Turn right just past the Bull & Swan Pub and continue for 1 mile along the Barnack Road (B1443). You will see the Visitors Entrance on the right.

From the North:

Follow the A1 south past Doncaster and Grantham.

Approximately 30 minutes south of Grantham you will reach the Stamford junction labelled Carpenters Lodge and signposted to Burghley House.

Turn left towards Stamford.

Follow the road past the estate wall and the impressive Bottle Lodges entrance gates.

Turn right just past the Bull & Swan Pub and continue for 1 mile along the Barnack Road (B1443). You will see the Visitors’ Entrance on the right.

Public Transport Directions

Burghley’s nearest station is Stamford, approximately 1 mile from the entrance. This is either a pleasant 30 minute walk taking you through the park or a short taxi ride. Stamford is a cross country link from the mainline from London to Edinburgh via Peterborough. For more information please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. There is also an hourly bus service run by Delaine which serves the outlying villages and links Peterborough to Stamford, for more information please visit www.delainebuses.com.

There are many different taxi companies available in Stamford, we suggest booking taxis in advance for journeys especially for collection from Burghley in the evening. A few of the companies contact details are listed below, but no company is associated or recommended by Burghley House.

Taxi contact numbers:

Premier Cabs of Stamford - 01780 757575

1st Choice Taxis - 01780 752748

Silver Cabs of Stamford - 01780 482800

Carlton Cabs - 01780 755755

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Education/study area
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Key Features

  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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Opening Times

Season (19 Mar 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Thursday10:30 - 16:30
FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30

* General Opening Text

Awards

  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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