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Welcome to BURGHLEY, one of Europe's most outstanding and important FAMILY ESTATES.


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 of Surprise and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.


The House is open daily, excluding Fridays, but including Good Friday, from Saturday 20th March until Sunday 31st October 2010, from 11am to 5pm.

The House is open for viewing with guides and stewards in each of the rooms to answer any questions which you or your guests may have. You are welcome to spend as long as you wish in the State Rooms.

The Gardens of Surprise including the Contemporary Sculpture Garden are open daily, including Fridays, from 20th March to 31st October 2010 from 11am to 5pm, last admission 4.30pm.

Admission to the Gift Shop and the Restaurant is free. Both are open during the winter period, from Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Gardens and Deer Park

The gardens and parkland that you see today at Burghley were largely designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the eighteenth century. Today, sweeping vistas down to the spires of Stamford with the backdrop of the House create the perfect canvas for open air classical concerts, wedding receptions, events or just a quiet stroll with the dog.

The park is open 365 days per year from 8am to 8pm or dusk if earlier, and is free admission to all (please note the park may be closed occasionally for events or deer management). Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a lead to protect the deer herd. Please note dogs are restricted to the parkland and are not allowed in the Gardens.

The main visitor gardens at Burghley are the Gardens of Surprise and the Sculpture Garden. One admission ticket covers both gardens and they are open daily from 11am to 5pm from March to October. The Sculpture Garden remains open free of charge in the winter months. The South Gardens are the private family gardens, but do open in the month of April for the spectacular display of spring bulbs.

The Park is open all year. Admission is free except on event days. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leads.


Eat and Shop

Eating and shopping at Burghley is a real pleasure, whether you're looking for something to take home to remind you of your visit, a full Sunday lunch with friends, an interesting gift for someone or just a cup of coffee in a beautiful rose garden.

Our shops offer a tempting selection of unusual and exclusive gifts as well as award winning foods, many of which have been inspired by the beauty of Burghley House, its Collection and Gardens and are made especially for us.

It's also good to know that all profits from the shops go directly towards the upkeep of the House and Burghley Estate.

The Restaurant and Café offer a full range of meals and snacks, from a cup of coffee and homemade cake to a full lunch and a Sunday Carvery.

Guided tours are available for individual visits once a day at 3.30pm depending on availability, and last approximately one hour. Please enquire about tours on arrival. There are chairs in most rooms for those who wish to rest. If you wish to bring a group please visit our group page where more booking details can be found.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 Teddy Bear’s picnic in the Gardens of Surprise or take time over lunch in the Orangery.