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A tour of Burghley House

All too soon we were at the end of our UK road trip but I wanted to make one more stop at Burghley House before returning home. This was one of the properties on my Historic Houses Association wishlist and it’s close to the A1 so it made for a convenient stop on our way back from Sheffield.

After collecting our tickets at the visitors centre we headed to the upper floor of the Brewhouse where there is an audio-visual introduction to the house and a small exhibition space.

We then headed back downstairs and across the courtyard to the house entrance, which leads to the old kitchen. Pretty much everything in the kitchen was made of copper – an Instagrammer’s dream!

I was confused about why there was a copper turtle in the kitchen. It was actually a tureen used to serve turtle soup in the 18th century.

They also had a servants bell system which made me instantly think of the opening credits of Downton Abbey.

Next up was the Ante-Chapel, where household staff would gather for prayers, and then the Billiard Room.

The Bow Room was the start of many rooms with incredible paintings. It was the 5th Earl’s State Dining Room.

We then wandered through a series of bedrooms…

More beautiful painted ceilings…

The George Rooms…

And then my favourite room in the house – the Heaven Room! The walls and ceilings are filled with scenes from ancient mythology.

When you leave the Heaven Room you go through to… the Hell Staircase!

And lastly, the Great Hall…

We grabbed a slice of cake in the Orangery before heading outside to see the gardens.

The house is so pretty from the outside…

We had a quick look at the Garden of Surprises, although I was a little put off by the number of bees and insects that were flying around that day. I try to keep well clear of bees after I was stung by one as a child.

Burghley House is open between March and October. The gardens are open daily but the house is closed on Fridays. An adult ticket for the house and gardens is £18, or £16 if booked in advance. Tickets are classified as an annual pass at no extra cost so you can visit as many times as you want during a year. If you’re a Historic Houses Association member you can visit Burghley House for free.

If you are driving there is plenty of free parking available on-site. The nearest train station is Stamford, which is about a 30 minute walk away. Burghley House would make a great day trip from London – you can get a fast train from London Kings Cross to Peterborough and then change there for a connecting train to Stamford.

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