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Directions & Opening Times

House & Gardens Opening Times

The House and Gardens of Surprise

open 19th March 2016 to 30th October 2016

11am until 5pm

(last admission to either at 4.30pm)

Open daily

(House closed on Fridays)

The House is shown by freeflow self guided tour, with an optional daily guided tour at 3pm, subject to availability.

House and Gardens will be closed Thursday, 1st until Sunday, 4th September 2016 for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

The Parkland remains open daily from 8am to 6pm or dusk if earlier.

Parking and admission to the Parkland is free of charge, and dogs are allowed when kept on a lead.

Please note the Station Gate entrance will be closed on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May for essential forestry work. Pedestrian access is available at the Bottle Lodge Entrance or vehicular access through the main visitor entrance at Pilsgate.



The Orangery Restaurant , Garden Cafe/Garden Shop & Courtyard Shop

The Orangery Restaurant

Open daily 10am to 5pm

The Courtyard Shop

Open from 11am to 5pm.

The Garden Cafe and Garden Shop

Open daily from 11am to 5pm.

Please note these Orangery will be closed on 20th May, 10th June and 1st July for private functions, we apologise for any inconvenience. 


Burghley is 1 mile from Stamford and 20 minutes north of Peterborough on the A1.


From the South:
Take the Carpenters Lodge exit on the A1 signposted to Burghley House, turn left on to the B1081 towards Stamford.

Follow the road alongside the park wall and the impressive Bottle Lodges entrance gates down towards Stamford.

Turn right just past the Bull & Swan Pub and continue for 1 mile along the Barnack Road (B1443). You will see the Visitors Entrance on the right.

From the North:
Follow the A1 south past Doncaster and Grantham.

Approximately 30 minutes south of Grantham you will reach the Stamford junction labelled Carpenters Lodge and signposted to Burghley House.

Turn left towards Stamford.

Follow the road past the estate wall and the impressive Bottle Lodges entrance gates.

Just past the A43 on the left, turn right past the Bull & Swan Pub and continue for 1 mile along the Barnack Road (B1443). You will see the Visitors Entrance on the right.

Public Transport

Burghley’s nearest station is Stamford, approximately 1 mile from the entrance. This is either a pleasant 30 minute walk taking you through the park or a short taxi ride. Stamford is a cross country link from the mainline from London to Edinburgh via Peterborough. For more information please visit There is also an hourly bus service run by Delaine which serves the outlying villages and links Peterborough to Stamford, for more information please visit

There are many different taxi companies available in Stamford, we suggest booking taxis in advance for journeys especially for collection from Burghley in the evening. A few of the companies contact details are listed below, but no company is associated or recommended by Burghley House.

Premier Cabs of Stamford 01780 757575

1st Choice Taxis 01780 752748

Silver Cabs of Stamford 01780 482800

Carlton Cabs 01780 755755