Burghley House and Garden of Surprises
near Stamford, Lincolnshire
Average time spent – Up to 4+ hours.
Things to do at Burghley House review – Burghley House and the Garden of surprises are located near Stamford in Lincolnshire. Burghley House is a very grand Elizabethan 16th Century house and its gardens are amongst some of the best in the UK with play fountains, sculptures and more.
You can purchase a ticket just for the garden of surprises which, once you have arrived is located top left. The great thing about Burghley is that once you’ve purchased your ticket you can upgrade for free which means you can return as many times as you like (so long as it’s open and there isn’t a special event on) for no extra charge.
The Garden of surprises has the most wonderful area for kids to splash in with lots of play fountains, cascades and mini-jets (shoes must be worn). The gardens here are really beautiful and there’s some oversize games to be found, a small grotto cave and a mirror maze. The sculpture gardens are vast and there’s plenty of wonderful sculptures to be found. Don’t forget to ask if there’s a trail on as it’s a great way of making sure you find everything. Kids will have a great time helping you to find everything.
The house is closed on Friday’s. There are some truly magnificent rooms at Burghley including a very impressive Billiard room and some very lavish bedrooms. The old kitchen is fascinating and some of the frescos are worthy of a grand museum. Look out for the paintings/frescos in a bedroom based on heaven and then the contrasting stairway based on hell.
Eating – The largest place to eat at Burghley is the gorgeous Orangery restaurant next to the house. Near the gardens they have a small garden cafe with limited seating You are welcome to bring a picnic although the designated picnic areas are outdoors.
Facilities in brief – Garden of surprises with water fountains, mirror maze, grotto, games and more. Sculpture garden with some wonderful and very large sculptures to be found. Plus a grand historical house with some of the best paintings we’ve ever seen. Toilets, restaurant and cafe. Not all facilities are available all year round.
Entry price – *Expensive
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online *Expensive – over £18 per adult, there is a discount if you book online in advance. Children’s tickets are mid-range – Between £8 to £12. Once you have purchased your tickets you can upgrade on-site for an annual pass for no extra cost. It is also cheaper if you want to purchase tickets just for the grounds.
Opening: Burghley House and the Garden of surprises are open from mid-March until early November. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link. The house is closed on Fridays but the grounds remain open.
Address: Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY, Lincolnshire, England. Phone: 01780 752451
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Category – Great Outdoors and indoors Historical house – Suitable for all ages.
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