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A unique and richly diverse resource which can be used to inspire learning

Educational opportunities dealing with historical, artistic, performance, literacy, mathematical and scientific themes are available all year round.

Visits can be self-led using free, supporting materials or guided by our experienced house staff and education officer, who delivers many themes in period costume. Schools are encouraged to make their visit in period-style costume if appropriate.

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Beyond the main house the extensive parkland, with its ancient deer herd, the delightful thirteen acre Sculpture Garden and the intriguing Garden of Surprises provide further opportunities for creativity and exploration of the natural world.

Educational programmes are devised and coordinated by our Director of Education, Alwyn Pollard, and can be tailor-made to meet a group’s particular requirement and include practical activities where appropriate.

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Burghley wins prestigious Sandford Education Award

In 2010 Burghley entered the Sandford Education Awards for the first time and was immediately recognised for its excellent education programme. Burghley was found to be perfect for primary school pupils, who will have a day of learning experiences that support the National Curriculum.

The judges found that:

Visitors who undertake a school visit to Burghley House experience far more than the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful historic building and beautiful award winning gardens. The Education team has developed interesting and stimulating programmes which capture children’s imaginations and certainly enhance their learning experiences


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