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Burghley House

Burghley House is an extravagent Elizabethan mansion standing in parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. Completed in 1587 after 22 years work, the house is built of attractive yellow ragstone to a design by William Cecil, a shrewd and long serving advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.
 
With the exception of the Tudor kitchen, little remains of the original Elizabethan interior. In the late 17th century, John, fifth Lord Burghley, commissioned furniture, statues and tapestries, and bought Florentine and Venetian paintings by artists such as Veronese. 
 
He also employed the artist Antonio Verrio and his assistant Louis Laguerre, who covered the walls and ceilings with incredible murals of scenes from antiquity. These are most notable in the Heaven Room, an artfully painted classical temple that adjoins the Hell Staircase, where the entrance to the inferno is through the gaping mouth of a cat. 
 
The sweeping vistas of the deer park travel down to the spires of the nearby town of Stamford, and  provide the perfect backdrop for a number of events taking place throughout the year including open air classical concerts. The grounds also contain the Gardens of Surprise and the Sculpture Garden.  
 
Facilities at Burghley include the excellent Orangery Restaurant, a cafe, gift shop and garden shop. 

Burghley House Address:
The House Office
Burghley House
Stamford
Lincolnshire
PE9 3JY
England, UK 

Burghley House Opening Times:
Mid March to end October each year. Please see the Burghley House website for exact dates which vary slightly annually.
Open daily (except Fridays) 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, last Admission 4.30 pm.
The Gardens of Surprise are open daily, including Fridays. 

Burghley House and Gardens of Surprise Admission:
Admission charges for House & Gardens of Surprise
Adults £11.80
Children (5 - 15 years) £5.80
Concessions £10.40
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £30.00
Adult Party rate £10.00

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