What is there to see and do at Burghley, Lincolnshire, UK

Burghley House is set in the Burghley Estate in Lincolnshire UK, it is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Burghley House was built between 1555 and 1587.

We have spent many an hour wandering around the grounds of Burghley House, both with and without our dog. It is such a relaxing and pretty place to visit.

One thing that makes a visit easy to Burghley is that unless there is an event, then parking is free. You can also access a huge amount of parkland, with amazing views of the house, all for free. There is also a shop, café, restaurant and toilets. But we will go into all of the amenities further below.

Where is Burghley?

Burghley is found in the Lincolnshire countryside close to the historic market town of Stamford.

The postcode for Burghley is PE9 3JY

Parking is free at the Burghley Estate, unless there is an event. There is disabled parking up on the hard ground at the top of the entrance road.

What is there to do and see in the Burghley Estate?

  • Walking
    • Much of the vast property can be explored for free without the need to purchase a ticket to the house and gardens.
    • My only comment would be I would like to see more benches. There are some around, but not enough in my opinion, as someone who likes to sit and watch the world and wildlife.
    • The Burghley parkland is dog friendly, but dogs should be kept on a lead due to the deer.
    • There are many tarmacked paths around the grounds making a visit suitable for wheelchair and pushchairs users.
  • Café
    • The Garden Café
      • The Garden Café is open daily
      • There is indoor and outdoor seating
      • Menu options include sandwiches, salads, cakes and sweet treats.
      • The Café can be accessed for free without a ticket for the house and gardens.
    • The Garden Shed
      • The Garden Shed is open daily
      • It is situated close to The Garden Café
      • The Shed provides a takeaway service.
      • It sells drinks, snacks and ice cream.
  • Restaurant
    • The Orangery Restaurant.
      • The Orangery Restaurant is currently open Wednesday to Sunday.
      • It can be accessed for free without a ticket for the house and gardens
      • See attached for their current menus
  • Shopping
    • The Courtyard Shop
      • The Courtyard Shop offers a selection of unusual and selective gifts.
      • The shop also sells award winning food.
      • It can be accessed for free without a ticket for the house and gardens.
      • It is currently open Wednesday to Sunday.
    • The Garden Shop
      • Selling plants, gardening items and souvenirs.
      • Found at the entrance of the Garden of Surprises.
      • Can be accessed for free without a ticket for the house and gardens.
  • House
    • The house is currently open Wednesday to Sunday
    • It is currently essential to pre book a slot.
    • Pricing can include the house and gardens
    • Tickets for the house are valid for 365 days
  • Gardens
    • Garden of Surprises
    • Sculpture Gardens
    • The Gardens are open every day, but close between 1pm and 2pm. Offering either morning or afternoon sessions.
    • You can buy tickets for just the gardens if you choose not to visit the house (this saves quite a bit per person).
    • Tickets for the Gardens are valid for 365 days.
    • Dogs or ball games are not allowed in the gardens.
  • Deer
    • It is not uncommon to see Deer around the estate during your visit.
  • Burghley Park Golf Club
    • Set close to the A1 trunk road.
  • Events

Here is a selection of Burghley Events. In the past we have watched outdoor movies at Burghley with a picnic, that was fun! We also visited the Christmas Fair which had a very festive atmosphere.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trails

Sadly, due to COVID this is again cancelled in 2021.

This is an international sporting event.

Royalty have competed this event including Princess Anne and Zara Tindall.

Burghley House | Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Living Heritage Game and Country Fair

This took place from 29th May to the 31st of May.

Burghley House | Living Heritage Game and Country Fair

Battle Proms Concert at Burghley

This is planned to take place on the 10th of July 2021.

Burghley House | Battle Proms Concert at Burghley

For information on all the planned events visit Burghley House

  • Toilets
    • There are toilets by the café, just to the right to the entrance to the gardens.
  • Parking
    • As above parking is free unless there is an event.
    • Disabled parking is available on the hard standing at the top of the entry road.
  • Nearby Stamford
    • A pretty town with builds made from attractive stone.
    • I will cover more about what there is in Stamford in a separate blog later this month.
  • Nearby Wansford
    • Here you will find the Nene Valley Railway. Offering heritage steam and diesel trains.
    • They often hold events and its not uncommon for Thomas The Tank Engine to visit.
  • Nearby Thornhaugh
    • Here you will find Sacrewell Farm, a fabulous place for a family day out.
    • There are animals to meet and outdoor spaces to discover.
    • The postcode for Sacrewell Farm is PE8 6HJ.

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