Burghley House and Garden

Burghley House and Garden

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A garden sculpture
Burghley House next to the lake
Queen Victoria's Bed
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Burghley House is a massive grand building from the time of Elizabeth I.
With huge grounds, there’s plenty to explore, with trails to keep the kids busy for a great day out.

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Burghley House is an impressive Elizabethan stately home in Lincolnshire, not far from Peterborough – though we visited while staying at the Sandringham campsite in Norfolk.

Burghley House

Burghley House is an impressive stately home from the time of Queen Elizabeth I

It was even built in the shape of an E originally, for Elizabeth I. Unfortunately, even though Elizabeth I was going to stay there, she never did.

However, Queen Victoria did, and you can see where she slept.

Queen Victoria's Bed

A bed fit for a queen?

There is a fantastic children’s guide to Burghley House, called the “Beastly Boring Burghley”. It is full of interesting facts or things to spot in the many different rooms.

Beastly Boring Burghley

The children’s guide to Burghley House was excellent and in the style of the Horrid Histories series.

Burghley Gardens

Burghley House sits in an impressive ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.

Burghley House Map

Map of the grounds to explore around Burghley House

The owners of Burghley House knocked down an entire wing of their house to improve the view of this landscape. The Elizabethan manor is no longer in an ‘E’ shape, as it was when it was first built.

It looks like Burghley house sits next to a meandering river. This ‘river’ is an artificial lake that was dug out by hand and lined with clay that ‘Capability’ Brown found on the estate.

Burghley House next to the lake

This is a manmade lake that looks like a river

You can walk from the house over to the ‘lion bridge’ that crosses the lake.

While the landscape is great to look at and stretch your legs, your kids will love the more modern Garden of Surprises.

A garden sculpture

One of the garden sculptures at Burghley

We visited in Halloween and followed the pumpkin trail. There was even a trail for adults to do.

The Garden of Surprises has a water garden and is a place your kids will love to get wet, so bring a towel and a change of clothes.
Fountains suddenly appear, as well as doorways of water.

The Water Garden

Be prepared for wet kids in the Water Garden

There’s also a good mirror maze to get lost in.

The Garden of Surprises is full of sculptures and different themed areas, and so you can spend a good hour or two exploring it.
It’s also a great place to bring a picnic.

 

Planning your visit
Facilities
Parking
Toilets
Dogs Welcome
Cafe
Picnic Area

Dogs are allowed on a lead in the Park, but no dogs are allowed in the gardens

How to get here

Here’s where you can find Burghley House and Garden.


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