Houses & Castles

Burghley House

Visit beautiful Burghley, a magical home of magnificent State Rooms, awe-inspiring works of art and priceless treasures.

Built in the 16th Century, Burghley is the heart-felt legacy of William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I and the generations of his family who have lived here ever since, ensuring that this great House and Estate continues to thrive.

  • Cafe / Tea RoomCafe / Tea Room
  • RestaurantRestaurant
  • Guided ToursGuided Tours
  • ParkingParking
  • AccessibleAccessible
  • ToiletsToilets
  • Gift ShopGift Shop
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome
  • Groups WelcomeGroups Welcome
  • Coach ParkingCoach Parking
  • Meeting FacilitiesMeeting Facilities

Burghley Gardens

Find hidden trails, imaginative planting and Elizabethan trickery as you explore the Burghley Gardens. Two spectacular gardens, each with their own distinct atmosphere and beauty.

18 Magnificent State Rooms

Explore the original soaring Tudor kitchen and tour the 18 State Rooms to enjoy the treasures that fill every room before descending the Hell Staircase painted by Antonio Verrio and into the Great Hall, used as a banqueting hall in Elizabethan days.

Magnificent Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ house on the edge of Stamford

Explore Burghley’s magnificent 16th century architecture, browse the family’s private fine art collections and discover 300-acres of deer park in the grounds.

The grandest house of the first Elizabethan age.

For over 500 years Burghley has filled people with awe and inspiration. So much more than a house, Burghley offers a unique glimpse of the way great houses have been lived in from the time of Queen Elizabeth 1 to the present day.

There's so much to explore at Burghley. Discover the meandering gardens full of imaginative planting, sculpture and surprises sure to delight. In the surrounding Parkland enjoy space and tranquillity amongst the fallow deer and ancient trees and take in the sweeping vistas created by the extraordinary vision of ‘Capability’ Brown.

New for 2023 part of the estate grounds will open to the public for the first time after being transformed into an awesome woodland adventure play area. Themed around William Cecil as the country’s first Chief Spymaster, the play area is called Hide & Secrets and features a series of fun packed play zones that lead to Hidden Towers. Inspired by the distinctive architecture of Burghley House, the Hidden Towers play structure is packed with multi-level play, enormous slides, climbing walls, wobbly walkways and more. Whispering funnels, code cracking games and secret tunnels will keep curious little spies busy exploring.

Every great day out includes time for some good food and drink, and you’ll find plenty of delicious options on offer at Burghley. A Barista coffee on the go, a long and lazy brunch to set you up for the day or a slice of cake to keep you going, there's something for everyone.


Get ready for epic adventures at Burghley’s awesome woodland adventure play area. Themed around William Cecil as the country’s first Chief Spymaster, our new play area is called Hide & Secrets and features a series of fun packed play zones that lead to Hidden Towers.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to round off your visit to Burghley or to celebrate a special occasion

Shopping at Burghley

During your trip to Burghley don’t miss the opportunity for a little retail therapy. Whether you’re looking for something in particular, picking up a present or simply having a browse there’ll certainly be something that catches your eye.

Accommodation at Burghley

your countryside retreat awaits

Why not stay a while in one of Burghley's beautiful accommodation options?

Burghley House Experiences

Rose Tour, Talk and Tea

3 hours Price: £55

Duration 3 hours

Price: £55

In early summer the roses in Burghley’s picturesque South Gardens are in full bloom offering glorious displays of colour and wonderful fragrances. 

Max 14

What's included?

Join Burghley Head Gardener, Joe Whitehead, for an unmissable afternoon appreciating the beauty of the popular and diverse garden plant. Not usually accessible to visitors, the South Gardens will be exclusively for these two dates in July, offering a rare opportunity to explore the beautiful twenty-eight acre private gardens.

Learn about the history of the rose and rose planting at Burghley which is home to over 120 rose varieties. Joe will share his guide to rose growing, covering successful cultivation and rose selection.

Discover how best to use roses in floral arrangements.

Enjoy Strawberry Afternoon Tea - drinks, cakes and sweet treats at the beautiful Summer House overlooking the lake

Joe will guide you around the beautiful South Gardens and Sculpture Garden, pointing out particular planting displays of interest.

opening times

House (Closed Fridays)
10:30 - 16:30 (last entry 16:00)
Garden Café, The Orangery Restaurant & Takeaway
10:00 - 17:00
Adventure Play (Including Muddy Mole)
10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
07:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 17:00
Courtyard Shop
10:30 - 17:00
Garden Shop
10:00 - 17:00

Please be aware that opening times occasionally vary. Please check our Opening Times page before your visit.

entry & prices

Please visit the official site of Burghley House for up to date information on admission prices.

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Burghley House




Tel: 01780 752451