Magnificent Georgian architecture, niche shopping, beautiful riverside meadows, prestige local food and a vibrant Arts Centre combine to make Stamford a visitor must.
Stamford is the most complete stone town in England; whole streets unchanged over the centuries and with 600 listed mellow limestone buildings.
England’s first urban conservation area is the perfect setting for a bi-ennial Georgian Festival and the 2015 event with its markets, costume ball, military enactments and horse carriage rides delivered an economic benefit to the town of almost £1m.
Dates for the 2017 festival are 21-23 September. Find out more.
Stamford’s unique blend of history, retailing, historic hostelries and an over-riding sense of community won the supreme compliment from the Sunday Times newspaper as ‘Britain’s top place to live’ (March 2013).
Delight in a walk along the River Welland or relax on the town’s historic Meadows. Visitors will be enthralled by Stamford’s uniquely independent shops, its bustling Friday market and the town’s eating houses, pubs and food speciality shops. Rutland and the panorama of Rutland Water are on the doorstep, together with historic houses at Grimsthorpe Castle and Burghley House.
The town’s Arts Centre, built in 1768, is one of the oldest provincial theatres in England. Other visitor hot spots are the Steam Brewery, Browne’s Hospital and the 12th century ruins of St Leonard’s Priory.
A popular Town Trail explores passageways, main thoroughfares and market squares and tours of the Town Hall on Fridays display one of the best collections of civic memorabilia in the UK with rare and priceless artefacts.
Every autumn the town plays host to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, one of the world’s top equestrian events, in the parkland of nearby Burghley House.
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