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Burghley House, Stamford

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A private Tudor mansion open to the public, Burghley House features unspoiled Elizabethan architecture, rolling parklands, and an outstanding collection of art. Wander through the lavish state rooms, featuring dramatic wall paintings of 17th-century Italian artist Antonion Verrio. Witness Verrio's virtuosic representation of mythological gods in the Heaven Room, and then descend through the grotesque Hell Staircase. Special exhibitions in the Treasury Gallery display highlights from the private collection. Leave time to stroll through the rolling parkland, designed by English landscape architect Capability Brown. More recent additions include a sculpture garden and a "garden of surprises." The Orangery Restaurant and Garden Cafe offer refreshments, and you can shop for souvenirs at the Courtyard and Garden Shops. Put Burghley House and other Stamford attractions into our Stamford itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • There was nothing to indicate before you pay the hefty £18/person that most of the gardens (and best vantage points of the house) are not open to the public. Very misleading.  more »
  • Reasonable price to get in,. Kid's loved it. My only issue was that anyone playing in the water was that they needed footware. Need to know this before we arrive.  more »
  • My partner grew up in the area, and first visited Burghley as a child (I'm not allowed to say how long ago!), but remembers a rather dilapidated house, needing a vast amount of restoration/repairs; al...  more »
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  • I am a member and visit several times every year, mainly to walk round the sculpture garden and have lunch in the Orangery. The sculptures are very modern and there tend to be some new ones each year. The Orangery is a very agreeable place to have lunch and I like the mixture of traditional British and more trendy dishes. I visit the house from time to time and very impressive it is particularly from the point of view of artworks, notably the two final rooms you visit, being Heaven followed by the climactic Hell.
  • A magnificent house, set in some of the most wonderful parkland, with a whole host of sculptures dotted around. What's not to like? The staff in the big house are knowledgeable, approachable & enthusiastic. Just visiting for a leisurely stroll is as much recommended as the full-on access-all-areas experience, but exploring the grounds & following the sculpture trail is a must-do at some point.....
  • Bargain Easter Beastly Burghley Tour! Entry for the Beastly tour is £10 per person, includes entry to the gardens. Informative, tour guide with great content aimed at children but able to answer adults' questions, too. Food is expensive but looked good quality, but lovely places to picnic. Visited with 7yo boy and 4yo girl and plenty to keep them entertained for the whole day -whilst learning!
  • Lots to see in the house so worth the high entrance price. Loved the kitchen area. Outside is a water fun garden which kids would love in summer as they can get wet. Plenty of space in the grounds for picnics and some nice areas to walk without having to pay an entrance fee. Can imagine it gets quite busy in summer.
  • Visited for a fun run. Stunning grounds and gardens but very sparsely laid out so difficult to buy food and drinks