Burghley House Houses

Burghley House


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Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age. 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.

Visitor facilities include the Orangery Restaurant, Gift Shop, Sculpture Garden and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

The Sculpture Garden at Burghley originated from an initiative by the Burghley House Trustees, who were conscious that only limited garden space was regularly accessible to visitors. In 1989, Capability Brown's lost lower garden was designated to be cleared and planted as a natural setting in which to place contemporary sculpture. Work on restoring the garden, which covers approximately 15 acres, began in 1994.

This range of rooms on the South side of the House are the most magnificent of all the state apartments. The dramatic painted ceilings were executed by Antonio Verrio in the late 17th century. The George Rooms contain furnishings and decorations of the highest quality; even including silver mounts on the fireplaces. Of all the paintings at Burghley, perhaps one of the finest is Carlo Dolci's "Christ Blessing the Bread and Wine" which hangs in the Jewel Closet. .

Attraction Details

VenueBurghley House
AddressStamford, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY
Opening times11am - 5pm (not open Fri)
Entry costs
Attraction typeHouses


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