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“Perfect place for sunny (or rainy) days”
Review of Burghley House

Burghley House
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Stamford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This historic Elizabethan house (circa 1587) features a serpentine park that was designed by Lancelot Brown and a gothic greenhouse and stables.
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Burghley House has it all. Its just off the A1 so nice and easy to find. The gardens (where the deer roam) are extensive and beautiful so you can just park up under the trees and have a long walk and a picnic for free. If you want to explore a little further (and this is great for the little one) they also have The Gardens of Suprise which is essentially a water adventure garden where the kids can run around and get wet. The Sculpture Gardens are stunningly beautiful with hidden copses and sculptures dotted here and there. A nice walk along the river, and a truly stunning boathouse. You pay to get into the Scupture & Water Gardens (approx. £8 per adult but discounted if you're a 'friend of Burghley'). Burghley House itself is a definite winner if you like wandering round stately homes. The audio tour is great, really interesting. I believe it's around £12 per person to do the house tour. If all that isn't enough for you there is also a cafe and small gift shop in the grounds and a lovely (but expensive) restaurant called The Orangery. Well worth a visit and a really good FULL day out for all the family.

Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Burghley House is one of the masterpieces of England.... if you have a limited amount of time, this is a must see!! The house was built by William Cecil, the Lord High Treasurer of Elizabeth I... it is not only magnificent in terms of size and architecture, but beautifully maintained. The furnishings, the carvings, the paintings are all extraordinary and have been restored to their original condition. The docents are incredibly knowledgeable and are readily accessible. Photography is permissible throughout the house.

The café on the premises serves excellent food at a reasonable price.

The town in which Burghley House exists, Stamford, is charming and a wonderful addition to the visit of Burghley House.

Thank alesquire
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Burghley House is one of the most spectacular stately homes in Britain. The tour of the house begins in the kitchen before you climb to the first floor and progress through more than a dozen sumptuous room and end by descending to the Great Hall.

Many of the first floor rooms were decorated by the Italian painter Antonio Verrio, and in the last room, the Heaven Room, his depiction of “gods and goddesses disporting themselves” is considered his masterpiece. But if you think this room is impressive, wait till you descend the magnificent Hell Staircase, where Verrio depicted the entrance to Hell as a huge gaping cat’s mouth, with souls in torment writhing within. Elsewhere on the ceiling, the Grim Reaper, plies his sickle among the unfortunates and terrible punishments are meted out to all.

If the weather is good, your visit to Burghley should also include the “gardens experience”. The Comtemporary Sculpture Garden features permanent and temporary sculptures scattered around a peaceful woodland and waterside garden. And be prepared to get wet in The Garden of Surprises, which includes fountains, water curtains, water columns and a paddling pool.

Thank MrAndrewHaynes
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Although the house is jam packed full of gorgeous paintings, there is not enough information about them or the other fabulous objects actually in the rooms. The guides in each room are very knowledgeable, but it would be better to have some of the information on display rather than ask the questions. I realise that there was an audio guide available at an extra cost, but having paid nearly £30 already we did expect to be able to get a bit more than the notes that came in the entrance leaflet. Fortunately I had read a booklet about the house the night before and so was able to spot some of the unusual items, like the woman in the ceiling painting who was modeled, rather unflatteringly, on the cook in the house at the time and the portion of a painting which had been deliberately left uncleaned. The gardens and grounds were a bit disappointing. We didn't realise that the gardens immediately around the house were not open to the public and the Surprise garden is really designed for children to get wet. We couldn't work out how to get out without going through a fountain ourselves (eventually squeezed round the side of the mirrors), and by the end of a couple of hours touring the house we were too foot sore to go visit the sculpture park.
The Orangery restaurant was OK, but the cakes were stale.
It should be said that all the staff were very friendly and helpful.

1  Thank saynotopotatoskins
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Don't miss out on the 'presentation' before you view the house. State of the art 'stuff' that gives you a good background to the history of the house. The rooms open to the public are crammed full of artefacts and the decoration (particularly the ceilings) is beyond anything I've seen elsewhere. It would be nice to think that they will open further rooms in the future and give some of their pieces a little more room to breathe. All the room attendants we spoke to were well-informed and extremely willing to share their knowledge - not easy to do with so many people doubtless asking all the same questions!
The gardens of surprise is a delight for children and adults alike - be prepared to get at least a little damp! Perhaps my favourite area was the sculpture garden but it would have been nice to have a plan showing the location of the exhibits - I'm sure we missed some despite spending a considerable amount of time there.
Well worth the entrance fee.

Thank JaneJo49
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