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Enjoy a day out at England’s greatest Elizabethan House

The Orangery Restaurant & Courtyard Shop – Winter Opening Times

The Orangery Restaurant is now closed and will re-open on Wednesday, 7 January, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am until 4pm. Closed on occasion for private events on Friday (details will be posted on this page regarding any closures).

The Courtyard Shop is now closed and will re-open on Wednesday, 4 February, Wednesday through Sunday, from 11am until 4pm.

The Garden Cafe and Garden Shop are now closed until Saturday, 14 March 2015.

The House and Gardens of Surprise – Closed until Spring 2015

The House and Gardens of Surprise are now closed and will re-open on Saturday, 14 March 2015. From Saturday, 14 March 2015 until Sunday, 1 November 2015, open daily (House closed on Fridays) 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, 3 until Sunday, 6 September 2015 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.

Admission Charges 2014


House and The Gardens of Surprise

Entrance Fee Gift Aid
Adults £13.50 £15.00 Buy Tickets
Children (3-15 years) £6.70 £7.50 Buy Tickets
Seniors/Students £12.00 £13.20 Buy Tickets
Family (2 adults & 3 children) £38.00 £42.00 Buy Tickets

The Gardens of Surprise

Adults £8.00 £9.00 Buy Tickets
Children (3-15 years) £5.30 £6.00 Buy Tickets
Seniors/Students £6.70 £7.50 Buy Tickets
Family (2 adults & 3 children) £26.00 £29.00 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.