Getting out in green spaces has been a real boost over the last few months and soon there will be the chance to enjoy a change of scenery at Burghley House in Stamford.
The historic country estate has some beautiful gardens to explore when they re-open on March 29 but you will still need to pre-book.
While the House itself will not re-open until May 19, Covid restrictions permitting, the spectacular gardens are set to welcome visitors for pre-booked visits from March 29.
As restrictions are eased, Burghley’s three gardens will re-open with Covid measures in place, including timed tickets to ensure social distancing.
This is a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, get some fresh air and see some stunning garden displays which are only open to the public on a few select occasions, all with the fabulous Burghley House as a back drop.
Just pre-book a Gardens ticket for access to the Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden, and until April 11 the South Gardens, for its spectacular display of spring bulbs.
Burghley’s two other gardens will also be open and include a few fresh sights. The historic Garden of Surprises is a Tudor trick garden based on an original design created by the 1st Lord Burghley back in the 16th century, while the Sculpture Garden offers a different experience, with contemporary sculpture in with a mix of open space, trees and shrubs. Fresh planting has created even more to see, including a chance to discover secret features like the recently landscaped ‘Swallows’ Rill’, a garden embedded in the natural limestone gully that acts as a waterfall overflow for the lake above.
While the House, shop and Orangery restaurant will remain closed for the time being, The Shed take-away, close to the gardens, will be open from March 29 too, restrictions permitting.
Burghley’s parkland, which is open all year with free access and parking, remains open, subject to current Covid social distancing and travel restrictions.
Garden tickets – £13.50 adults, £9.50 child, and £44 for a family of up to five – must be pre-booked, and visitors need to book a time slot too, either morning or afternoon, to help ensure social distancing.
The South Gardens are always opened for charity and in 2021, a percentage of the Gardens ticket price will also be donated to Evergreen Care, a charity caring for older people in the Stamford area.
For full details see www.burghley.co.uk