Burghley House

The greatest Elizabethan house in England.

Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY

Burghley House photo by James Willis
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.

There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete.

Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

History can come alive in a single trip whether it is to enjoy a guided tour, take a dog for a walk in the park, take the children to paddle, see the gardens of surprise or take time over lunch in the Orangery.

Opening Times


Open from March 2023.

House – open Saturdays to Thursdays | Time ticket slots available between 10:30am to 3:30pm (last entry at 4pm).

Gardens – Open daily | 10.30am – 4.30pm closes at 5pm

If you wish to visit the Gardens only, please go to Visiting the Gardens to book your Gardens morning or afternoon time slot and purchase your Gardens Only ticket.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free. All visitors are required to book a time-slot at no extra charge and present this on their phone on arrival at the kiosks together with their Historic Houses membership card.

You can book a time-slot for a visit to the house here.

You can book a time-slot for a visit to the gardens here.

House and Gardens
• Adults £20pp
• Child £9pp

• Adult £13.50pp
• Child £8pp

No family tickets for 2022.

Group Visits

Burghley continues to offer groups the opportunity to experience the Cecil family home in the heart of this 13,000 acre working Lincolnshire Estate.

The House is open Saturday, 17th March to Sunday, 28th October 2018 daily (except Fridays) from 11am to 5pm.

Various tours of the house and garden are available.

Find out more.

Educational Visits

Educational opportunities dealing with historical, artistic, performance, literacy, mathematical and scientific themes are available all year round.

Visits can be self-led using free, supporting materials or guided by our experienced house staff and education officer, who delivers many themes in period costume.

Schools are encouraged to make their visit in period-style costume if appropriate.

  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY

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Burghley is 1 mile from Stamford and 20 minutes north of Peterborough on the A1.

Burghley’s nearest station is Stamford, approximately 1 mile from the entrance. This is either a pleasant 30 minute walk taking you through the park or a short taxi ride.

There is also an hourly bus service run by Delaine which serves the outlying villages and links Peterborough to Stamford.

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Burghley House from a distance

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