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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. Plan to visit Burghley House and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Stamford attractions using our Stamford online travel route planner .
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  • What a fab day out. Started off in the sculpture gardens which was really interesting. Lots of great sculptures- Loved the horse! Garden of surprises was a revelation. Absolutely worth the entrance fe...  more »
  • Out family day out in Stamford we all really enjoyed,It’s a totally beautiful place with much more history, this place is just stunning.  more »
  • A dream realised in visiting Burghley House. We did the self-paced audio tour of public rooms and were stunned at the beauty and opulence of this grand old house. A step back in time to visit the mass...  more »
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  • Had a fantastic day here. Lots to see and do for all the family. The sun shone for us which helped. So lovely to see the children enjoying playing in the garden of surprises. Grand parents enjoying their days wandering around the house and the fantastic grounds and all age groups just having a lovely time. It didn't break the bank either. Good value for money. Go visit and enjoy.
  • A magnificent house form the exterior in stunning grounds, and that's all you need to see. The interior of the house is only a relatively small area and similar rooms. The new garden areas, such as the garden of surprises, are like something they use at theme parks to keep you entertained in queues. Tickets prices are very pricey, even with them being annual passes, and the food in the cafe and orangery is very poor value for money. Overall, I would suggest using the money you would spend on tickets to buy a nice blanket and hamper, get a lunch meal deal* from a supermarket, and have a lovely picnic at a great free location! * I deliberately say this as the kids lunch 'deal' in the cafe is a small cheese, ham or tuna soft white roll, a small juice carton, and a piece of fruit or bag of crisps for £5.95!!
  • Beautiful house and grounds. Very knowledgeable people giving information Lots to see and do. An audio is available for an extra charge which is well worth it. A yearly pass is available which is good as there is so much to see it is worth a return visit. A very relaxed lunch added to the enjoyment of the day
  • Wonderful place to visit on a warm day. The garden of surprises is yeriffic whether you are a child or just young at heart. I have eaten there on a number of occasions and have always enjoyed it and found the staff to be helpful. The food may seem a little pricey to some people but as I have said above is nice.
  • Burghley House dates from 1518 and is a wonderful historic building. Originally built by Queen Elizabeth I’s chancellor but developed over the centuries, the house itself has beautiful rooms. It’s not English Heritage or National Trust so you have to pay to enter. However, the parkland is free to walk in and is beautiful. There’s also a sculpture garden and a “Garden of Surprises” which are also paid entry but worth visiting. Food at The Orangery is good. The photo is the house seen from the jumps at the start of the Burghley Horse Trials (first weekend of September each year).
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