Considered by many as the finest Elizabethan House in England, Burghley House was built in the 16th Century by William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley, Queen Elizabeth’s Lord High Treasurer. This was one of the Elizabethan “prodigy houses”. The main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors. There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre. The historic parkland was laid out by Capability Brown. Now there are some modern visitor attractions in the grounds, including the Gardens of Surprise and the Sculpture Garden. Outside there is a park, and gardens. The “Gardens of Surprise” has quirky water fountains and other features (great for children).Next to that is the Sculpture garden – a large wooded area with exhibits of modern sculpture dispersed through it. Burghley House was one of fifteen structures featured in the 2010 BBC series Climbing Great Buildings
Access to the house is via the main street of the old town of Stamford, where the Classical and Georgian townscape has survived almost unscathed.