Burghley House
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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This historic Elizabethan house (circa 1587) features a serpentine park that was designed by Lancelot Brown and a gothic greenhouse and stables.
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KatieLiz58
Northamptonshire, UK16 contributions
Sep 2022
Very enjoyable time throughout our visit on Sat 24th Sept with the house and gardens all in immaculate condition.

Loved the 'Garden of Suprises' including the mirror maze, water features and sculpture garden. Coffee and delicious gluten-free cake enjoyed in the Orangery restaurant served by friendly smiling staff.

We were especially impressed with the room guides (who can make or break a visit like this). They made history come to life, explaining the subtle meanings behind the paintings, origins of the house contents and architectural changes to the house layout over the years in an informative yet charming way. With just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism they have very obviously been hand picked.

Great value at £20pp especially as your ticket covers unlimited return visits for a whole year.

Will certainly be back in the Spring as too much to see on our first visit. Thank you for a lovely day.
Written September 24, 2022
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HMH
Ipswich, UK168 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Loved the house and especially the grounds, which had beautiful sculptures when we visited. The gift shop had really good cards and gifts, so worth a look. Food in restaurant was overpriced for a dry, overcooked fish with chips. Attractive setting, though!
Written August 17, 2022
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Liztex
Peterborough, UK3 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited with friends from the USA, who were keen to see the gardens, sculpture park and the legendary Capability Brown vistas. We live locally and know the House very well indeed. Delighted that our tickets were valid for a whole year , just for the gardens, and were told our friends could purchase two day tickets. I asked if these were reduced as it was just for one visit for a few hours, but no . they cost the full amount; £20 plus each. Disappointing really. The south gardens were closed, so we ambled off to the sculpture garden. Our friends enjoyed themselves, but felt there should have been much more information about the artists near to each installation. We agree with that. The Mini guide was very helpful.
We had tea in the Garden cafe, which has been upgraded with nicer seating outside, but it is still like a shed inside ! Expensive and staff rather off hand as I was obviously disabled and needed help to carry the tea and cake outside, but no offer came. Cake small and ok, but no napkin offered. Spent a pleasant time watching clever jackdaws frisking the tables for crumbs , and dogs falling asleep in the sun under tables.
Ladies loos needed a good tidy up and clean. This was 2.30pm.
It is still my favourite place; and without the commerciality of an over arching body such as the National trust, has a certain charm in its ad hoc organisation, but some staff training wouldn't go amiss.
Our friends were delighted and as I have the guide books at home, they could read about the rooms and interiors. I would recommend the books as essential prior reading.
Written May 5, 2022
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stationhouse26
Southend-on-Sea, UK67 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Dear Burghley House. I have a few suggestions as someone who has visited a fair number of stately homes.
1). Shutting the gardens between 1-2pm so, as we were told, the staff can have lunch, is a tad annoying, we especially didn’t appreciate being herded out as it was due to shut. Because the gardens are shut at lunchtime, everyone made straight for the cafe ) where there was a long queue as it appeared junior staff had been left on their own at peak time). Therefore, there was not a seat to be had as there are only 3 benches by the gardens.

2) Paying an extra £6 for 2 audio guides on top of the entry price was unexpected and unwelcome. - We were at Castle Howard the previous week and they had a good system of scanning a QR code on your phone and listening to an audio guide that way.

3) There are no room descriptions to read. I know there are knowledgeable guides stationed in the rooms but they were preoccupied with other guests and sometimes it’s nice to read about a room at your leisure.

4) Numbering the sculptures in the garden and putting up a brief description of the artwork so that we can relate them back to something would be an idea . Everyone was milling about having no clue what they were looking at.

We felt a bit of an inconvenience to be honest and it’s probably the least welcoming house we’ve been to. We didn’t get offered the annual upgrade but probably wouldn’t return anyway.
Written July 14, 2021
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Tabitha C
5 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
I guess my expectations were high from reading the blurb on the website, hoping to begin the Festive Spirit early. We opted for the Late Night Friday thinking the night time would bring an even more "magical experience" and paid £6 per person to attend..
We should have taken the vibe from the incredibly rude parking attendant who insisted on making sure I moved my car two inches forward for no apparent reason! The car park was pretty full and quite a queue to get in, then we were met with full on retail overload! Not much festive spirit going on, not even Christmas music being played! This event is a pure money making enterprise, naming it a Fair is an incredible misrepresentation. Left feeling very disappointed, and with a much lighter wallet... when we arrived back at our car after only an hour wandering through the overpriced stalls, we noticed that most of the cars that had arrived at the same time as us, had already left, so we arnt the only ones who failed to see the "wonderful festive atmosphere" that they were expecting?
Written November 25, 2022
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Life with Lola
6 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I was horrified to see flies on food left exposed in the Garden Cafe - salads, pastries etc. Really off-putting and surely a health risk.

Mentioned it to catering staff who say it's been brought to the attention of management...

As usual overpriced food and drink served by nonchalant youngsters.

Such a shame as a lovely setting.
Written May 26, 2022
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Suffolk_Travels
United Kingdom190 contributions
May 2022
We visited mid week which was ideal as it wasn't too crowded.

A very warm welcome from the ticket desk staff which was repeated throughout the day - all the staff were helpful, knowledgeable and happy to engage.

We had a light snack at the Garden Cafe - great sausage roll. Afternoon snack in the Orangery which is definitely more of a restaurant and very nice too.

The audio tour was well worth the extra £3 and gave lots of useful and extra information around the house.

Loved the Sculpture Park and the Garden of Surprises.

All in all a great day out and can't wait to return.
Written May 26, 2022
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David P
London, UK148 contributions
Sep 2022
This is an unmissable place to visit if you are anywhere near. A superb Great House, originally built in the late 1500's for William Cecil, the First Lord Burghley, Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth I. Wonderful grounds and gardens and a priceless collection of art numbering some 700 pieces of which 400 are displayed. At £ 20 it is not inexpensive and a concession rate would have been appreciated. Famous for hosting annual Burghley Horse Trials. Dominates the beautiful town of Stamford.
Written September 11, 2022
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tedgatti F
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,196 contributions
Oct 2022
Known as the finest Elizabethan House in England this house certainly deserves this title!

An amazing palace of treasures, with each room more stunning than the last. We have visited many of the UKs stately homes but this really is the best. The staff in each room are knowledgeable and ready to furnish you with stories of the house, its guests and the precious items it holds. Photography is allowed and the only problem you have is which if the many rooms that are on show are the finest. The Hell staircase leading up to the Heaven gallery is incredible and as you stand and look at it you see more and more detail.

The kitchen was one of our favourite rooms with its copper cookware as well as its display of turtle skulls on the wall, a memory of the turtle soup which must have been eaten in the house.

Once you have been amazed by the house you are then invited to be amazed by the sculpture in the gardens and the garden of surprises which contain many, many water features.

We also did the Spooky tour the night before our visit to see the house proper which was an entertain evening of screams and laughter!

Brilliant and not to be missed!!!
Written November 1, 2022
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Jane H
Nottingham, United Kingdom25 contributions
Jun 2022
A wonderfully relaxing day starting with tea and scones in the orangery with spectacular lavender and pond lilies followed by a leisurely look around the house where guides were helpful, informative and very welcoming.

The gardens were delightful and offered a variety of interesting features including a sculpture garden, beautiful wildflowers, mirror maze and water falls.

Parking is free so no hassle and no feelings of having to rush around. £20 for a house and garden ticket which lasts for a year so you can return as many times as you want within that period.

A great day out and by far the best stately home open to the public in the Lincolnshire area. Although we didn’t meet the residents in person the experience made us feel that they welcomed visitors into their home and valued our custom.

We will definitely be returning and recommending to family and friends.
Written June 29, 2022
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