Stamford is an exceptionally picturesque market town with many fine Georgian stone buildings as well as older timber-framed buildings, making it a popular film location. The attractive narrow streets and courtyards are home to many independent shops and Market Day is Friday when the town is particularly busy. Stamford's Bus Station is ¼ mile from the railway station using the footpath across meadows.
TI tel. 01780 755611.
Burghley House is an impressive Tudor mansion built by Queen Elizabeth's Lord High Treasurer, William Cecil,
and it is still lived in by his descendants today. Visitors can see the richly furnished state rooms with fine furniture, tapestries
and works of art which include an important collection of 17th century Italian paintings. The surrounding historic parkland was laid out
by Capability Brown and includes modern Sculpture Gardens. The Garden of Surprises is a recreation of a Tudor trick garden with revolving heads
and fountains. Restaurant and Café. Events programme.
Open please see website.
There are buses to Burghley House main entrance from Peterborough.
This important and unusual National Nature Reserve is on the site of a medieval limestone quarry. The grassy hummocks
are home to a profusion of rare wild flowers, including orchids and the very rare pasque flower which blooms in April and May.
Some paths are steep and may be slippery as well as uneven.
Open at all times but most colourful Jun-Jul.
www.gov.uk (search for Hills and Holes Nature Reserve)
Bus 201/202 from Bus Station and Water Street (both ¼ mile from railway station) to Barnack, about 10 minutes journey, then ¼ mile walk via Jack Haws Lane and School Road. M-S about hourly. Return buses stop in Water Street and opposite All Saints Church (north of Bus Station). Operated by Delaine Buses. Buses also operate from Peterborough.
The home of the poet John Clare from 1793 to 1832.
The cottage contains examples of his work and information about his life.
The rooms and garden also show how rural people lived in the early 19th century. Café.
Open MFSSu 1100-1500 (last entry 1400).
Bus 201/202 from Bus Station and Water Street (both ¼ mile from railway station) to Helpston, about 15 minutes journey, M-S about hourly. Return buses stop in Water Street and opposite All Saints Church (north of Bus Station). Operated by Delaine Buses. Buses also operate from Peterborough.