Stamford voted as ‘Britain’s top place to live’ by the Sunday Times.

Its unique blend of history, niche shopping, stunning architecture and an over-riding sense of community won the supreme compliment form the Sunday Times newspaper as ‘Britain’s top place to live’ (March 2013).

Delight in a walk along the River Welland or just relax on the town’s historic Meadows. If shopping’s more your thing, indulge yourself amidst Stamford’s uniquely niche shops, from antiques to jewellery and upmarket fashions.

Stamford has a wealth of attractions on the doorstep including the beautiful county of Rutland and the delights of Rutland Water and historic houses like Grimsthorpe Castle and Burghley House.

You must not miss the Arts Centre; built in 1768 it is one of the oldest provincial theatres in England, which holds many events throughout the year, the Steam Brewery, Browne’s Hospital and the 12th century ruins of St Leonard’s Priory.

They are all worth a look and you may well find an event going on at one of these places or on the Town Meadows, in this ‘town of festivals’. 

Stamford is a bustling, prosperous, market town. It has a wide range of shops, hostelries and attractions. Our main street market is on a Friday with a smaller Saturday market and once a fortnight there is a Farmers’ Market.

So whether the tranquil river walks, fine Georgian buildings or the more modern attractions captivate you, Stamford has something to charm everyone. The popular Town Trail takes you through Stamford exploring passageways, main thorough-fares and market squares.


Destination: The Vales



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Historic house



Tourist Information Centre

For more information visit the following tourist information centres:

Stamford Tourist Information Centre

Tel: 01780 755611


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