Green tranquil walks, modern sculpture and family fun.
The gardens and parkland that you see today at Burghley were largely designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. Today, sweeping vistas down to the spires of Stamford with the backdrop of the House create the perfect canvas for open air classical concerts, wedding receptions, events or just a quiet stroll with the dog.
The park is open all year round from 8am to 8pm or dusk if earlier, and admission is free to all (please note the park may be closed occasionally for events or deer management). There is a partial park closure during the build up and break down of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Our Opening Times page will be updated with the relevant dates on the approach to each year’s event.
Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are kept on a lead to protect the deer herd. Please note dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
The main visitor gardens at Burghley are the Garden of Surprises and the Sculpture Garden. One admission ticket covers both gardens and they are open daily from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) from March to October. The South Gardens are open at selected times of the year for special events.
Maintenance of the gardens and park falls to the small team of foresters and gardeners who together look after more than 2000 acres of land. Access to the park has always been free of charge; this arrangement was established at the time the Burghley House Preservation Trust was formed.