Enjoy a day out at England’s greatest Elizabethan House
The House and Gardens of Surprise
The House and Gardens of Surprise are now open daily (House closed on Fridays) from Saturday, 15th March 2014 until Sunday, 2nd November 2014, from 11am until 5pm, with the last admission on to either at 4.30pm (House will remain open on Good Friday).
The House and Gardens will be closed Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th September 2014 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.
The Orangery Restaurant & Courtyard Shop
The Orangery Restaurant is open daily from 10am until 5pm, closed on occasion for private events on Friday (details will be posted on this page regarding any closures). The Garden Cafe is open daily from 11am until 5pm, but will open from 10am on Friday, 29th August.
The Courtyard Shop and Garden Shop are open daily from 11am until 5pm.
Admission Charges 2014
House and The Gardens of Surprise
|Entrance Fee||Gift Aid|
|Children (3-15 years)||£6.50||£7.20||Buy Tickets|
|Family (2 adults & 3 children)||£35.00||£38.50||Buy Tickets|
The Gardens of Surprise
|Children (3-15 years)||£5.00||£5.50||Buy Tickets|
|Family (2 adults & 3 children)||£25.00||£28.00||Buy Tickets|
Every child House and Gardens ticket purchased will receive a FREE Beastly Boring Burghley children’s guidebook packed with fun tales and puzzles.
Photography is now permitted within the House and Gardens, for personal use only. In the House the use of tripods is not permitted and we politely request that you are mindful of other visitors by using your camera without the flash.
Visitor Guidelines for the Gardens
Children must be supervised at all times, a minimum of one adult to every four children.
Children to be clothed or in swimsuits (including swim nappies) at all times.
Suitable footwear to be worn.
Sorry no dogs or ball games.
Picnics in the Sculpture Garden only.
Please do not drink the water.
Gift aid explained
Why are there two different admission prices?
Under the Gift Aid scheme amendments introduced by the Government in April 2006, charities who offer entrance to an attraction based on Gift Aid donation rather than an admission ticket must ask visitors to pay 10% extra than the normal admission fee. It is your choice whether you wish to Gift Aid or not. If you do decide to Gift Aid your admission we can claim back from the Government 25% of the total amount that you pay, this equates to the Income Tax that you have already paid on this money. This is why you can only participate in the Gift Aid Scheme if you are a UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax Payer and you confirm that you have paid or will pay an amount of UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current year that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) you donate to will reclaim for the current tax year. Council Tax and VAT do not qualify for the scheme.
Who gets the money?
Burghley is owned and administered by The Burghley House Preservation Trust, a non-profit making charity committed to the furthering of education and the preservation of Burghley House, its collections and environment. All income is put into the preservation and running of Burghley as a visitor attraction and caring for it for future generations to enjoy.