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Burghley House Description

Burghley has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years and is England's greatest Elizabethan House. Built between 1555 and 1587 by William Cecil, Lord Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, Burghley is now owned and maintained by the Burghley House Preservation Trust which looks after a huge collection of great works of art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings, the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics in the West, exceptional 18th century furniture and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and his followers. Burghley is still a family home, lived in by Orlando and Miranda Rock. Miranda is a direct descendent of the first Lord Burghley.

There are also four magnificent State Beds, fine examples of English and Continental furniture, as well as important tapestries and textiles. The house now operates on a free flow system with a guide in each room every day; guided tours are available once a day.

Burghley is happy for its superb facilities to be made available for Corporate Entertainment and Special Functions, and welcomes Enquiries.

The Grounds
The Lake was created by Capability Brown in 1775-80. He discovered a seam of waterproof "blue" clay within a natural fault in the limestone and was able to enlarge the original 9 acre pond to the existing 26 acre lake and to give everyone the impression that they were looking at a meandering river.

The Lion Bridge was designed by him, costing 1,000 guineas in 1778. Originally, coade-stone lions were used as ornamentation but these perished and the existing stone examples, made by Herbert Gilbert, a local mason, have been in place since 1844.

"Capability" Brown also designed the Orangery, in the Gothic revival style - and there you can enjoy light refreshments in what is now a licensed coffee shop and restaurant. Relax in a spacious welcoming setting overlooking the rose beds and gardens. The Orangery offers a wide range of delicious food, waitress-served in splendid surroundings, and is open between 11.00 and 16.00 - coffee, tea and light refreshments, many of which are home made, are available all day. You can enjoy lunch between 12 noon and 14.30.

Opening times 2013

• 16th March - 3rd November: daily (except Fridays), 11 am - 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)
• Guided tour available at 10.30 am or 3.00 pm for groups (subject to availability)
Orangery Restaurant & Gift Shop only:
• 16th March - 3rd November: daily, 11 am - 5 pm (Gift Shop closed Fridays)
• 6th November 2013 - 15th March 2014: Wednesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm (closed over Christmas please see website for further details)
Gardens of Surprise
• 16th March - 3rd November: daily, 11 am - 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)


• All year - Free except on event days

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) - 2013

House & Gardens of Surprise:

• Adults - £14.00 (£12.70)
• Child (3-15 years) - £7.20 (£6.50)
• Seniors/Students - £12.80 (£11.50)
• Family (2+3) - £38.00 (£34.00)
• Group (20+) - £12.70 (£11.50)

Gardens of Surprise only:

• Adult - £8.20 (£7.40)
• Child (3-15 years) - £5.50 (£5.00)
• Seniors/Students - £7.00 (£6.20)
• Family (2+3) - £26.50 (£24.00)
• Group (20+) - £7.00 (£6.00)

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Additional Info for Burghley House

  • YesParks
  • YesGardens
  • YesGroups
  • YesWeddings
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesEducation
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesFilming
  • YesGifts
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Heritage Groups

  • YesEnglish Heritage
  • YesHistoric Houses Association

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesVisa
  • YesDelta
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