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Burghley House

All information on this page taken from the Burghley House website

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

Burghley House, temporary picture

Built and almost entirely designed between 1555 and 1587 by William Cecil, who was the Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I.


The main part of the House has 35 important rooms on the ground and first floors although there are over 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas.

The roof is three quarters of an acre. Restoration work began on it 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.

"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."

"The building period of the house extended over a period of 32 years. We know from the State Papers that the East range was erected in 1555 and work continued on the east and south ranges until 1564. Sir William Cecil had purchased Theobalds Manor, Hertfordshire in 1563 and for a whole decade was fully engaged there in building of his great 'prodigy' house. At Burghley in August 1564, Edmund Hall, the surveyor, promised that the South side should be finished by winter. Thereafter, little more work was done until 1575 when the team of masons was reassembled. The West front with its great gate-house (it was originally intended to be the main entrance) was finished in 1577. The North Front was completed in 1587

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 House will be closed until Saturday 20th March 2010 and then 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.

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

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.

Information on Burghley House, opening times and brief history of Burley House or Burleigh House