Burghley House () is a grand sixteenth-century English country house near Stamford, Lincolnshire. It is a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house, built and still lived in by the Cecil family. The exterior largely retains its Elizabethan appearance, but most of the interiors date from remodellings before 1800. The house is open to the public on a seasonal basis and displays a circuit of grand and richly furnished state apartments. Its park was laid out by Capability Brown.
The house is on the boundary of the civil parishes of Barnack and St Martin's Without in the Peterborough unitary authority of Cambridgeshire. It was formerly part of the Soke of Peterborough, an historic area that was traditionally associated with Northamptonshire. It lies 0.9 miles (1.4 km) south of Stamford and 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Peterborough city centre.
Greg Whates | Apr 10, 2018
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!!
mary palmer | Apr 15, 2018
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
Brian Smith | Mar 23, 2018
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).
Ben CS | Apr 1, 2018
There is plenty to see in the house and the great hall is impressive. We were disappointed to find the formal gardens closed when we visited last summer, it seems they are rarely open. I'm more interested in landscapes than interiors, and given how much they make of the Capability Brown connection I felt this should have been part of the visit especially as all the publicity photos are taken from those same gardens.
Stephen Nash | Feb 10, 2018
We are so lucky to have Burghley House open to the public. The grounds are stunning and free, it's always a pleasure to visit. The water gardens are ideal for families and the coffee shop and Orangery are great places to drink and eat. If you have never been before you won't be disappointed. The house is fabulous and well worth the entry price.
Lizzie Ellis | May 27, 2018
Gorgeous of course but we didn't go into the house, £19 with no concessions. Entitled you to all year admissions but we live in Wales and won't be doing that, also to the gardens but we didn't have time to do house and gardens so paid £11 for gardens only which were superb. There are acres of free parkland to picnic, bike etc which is excellent. The Orangery sandwiches were not quite fresh enough and the chicken one was weird, finely chopped in mayo! Lovely ice cream!
Gill Smith | May 5, 2018
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.
Tizzy Pape | May 22, 2018
We went to the garden of surprises and the sculpture garden. Our 3 and 5 years old LOVE it. Shoes have to be worn (& water shoes are sold there for kids if your forget!) & picnics in the sculpture garden are welcome. It's a beautiful place to spend a sunny day but make sure you buy your tickets online in advance ad it's cheaper and automatically becomes a season pass!!
Yozzer Hughes | Jun 19, 2018
Great place to visit for history. I was there for a wedding which was absolutely beautiful. Everything was perfect, from the reception to the very attentive staff. The setting in the Orangery was lovely as this mixed the indoors with a picturesque garden. The grounds are what you would expect from a large estate, rolling gardens and lots of trees. The House itself is packed with history and brilliant artwork in every room with themes like Heaven and Hell. Most notably when the Queen visits they plant a tree as tradition and there are some very old trees spanning many Monarchs. I believe that Queen Victoria left her gloves as a gift which is also part of tradition. Staff in Burleigh House itself are very friendly and knowledgeable with an accessible spin on making history not boring. There is ample parking and a gift shop.
Karl Maguire | Jun 7, 2018
Walked to here from our hotel in Stamford through the extensive estate. We arrived half hour before the opening time of 11 but were able to have a cuppa in the Orangery restaurant. It's £19 each for the house and gardens which I thought was expensive at first but when I left felt it was good value. We did the house tour and before entering the gardens, purchased lunch from the garden Cafe. This certainly wasn't cheap but it was all very good quality The gardens and sculptures were both interesting and fun with lots of school parties enjoying themselves. Don't worry, there are plenty of places for tranquility. All in all, my group of 5 loved our visit. I've left a star off simply because of the expensive eateries.
Gillian Walters | Aug 11, 2018
The house is lovely and has great history to it. The gardens are stunning; I particularly enjoy the beautiful sculpture garden. I would say if you are planning to let the children in the section of garden with interactive water features bring a change of clothes and make sure they wear shoes which you don't mind getting wet ... it is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. It is also fantastic that they don't charge for parking.
Davep | Jul 24, 2018
A great day out. Fascinating home with tons of artwork & lots of history. On site cafe was very nice and not overpriced. Kids water garden looked like lots of fun. The sculptures in the garden we're very cool. I enjoyed my visit more than I thought I would!
Jonathan Heeb | Jul 26, 2018
Beautiful grounds and garden. The Tea Room was a shambles, not overly impressed and wouldn't return. What I ordered came in two parts and was missing bits. The scones were dry and the amount of cream and butter given would hardly cover a quarter of the scone. For the price I paid I had expected better service and food.
Richard Smith | Jul 24, 2018
Had great fun in the garden of surprises. my child got completely soaked. get the upgrade to annual pass, well worth it if you are close enough to visit often. Only 4 stars as we didn't go in the house. it's closed on Friday to the public, but the gardens shop and parkland are still open.
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