Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
This photo was taken at the Burghley House Sculpture Gardens in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. If you are a fan of visiting old English mansions you are in for a treat here – and if it is not usually your cup of tea, you do not know what you are missing!
This Tudor mansion houses numerous rooms of interest including kitchens and library, and there’s a fantastic interactive introduction conducted by hologram characters. The Heaven and Hell rooms are breathtakingly eccentric – I won’t say much more on these as it will spoil the surprise of entering the rooms for the first time. The parklands are designed by Capability Brown, and fallow deer and sheep roam freely. The Gardens of Surprise are a real treat for all ages…
Visit the sculpture gardens before you leave and you stumble across modern art installations at every twist and turn – a fantastic and ever changing exhibition. The pic above shows hanging pendulums made of flower-pots, by artist Taz Lovejoy. I also enjoyed the neon lights hung in the traditional ice house, and giant rusty face sculpture.
There are 2 confectionaries – the upmarket orangery restaurant for meals and the Garden Cafe for coffee and cakes. Both are open to visitors without a house or gardens ticket. Entry to both the house and all gardens is £12.50 but well worth the money! Or a ticket for the gardens is £7.50. The sculpture gardens are free in winter months, and its free to walk and picnic in the parklands and view the outside of the house.
Top tip for Stamford: There are hundreds of pubs to choose from in this historic market town but my top three are The Crown Hotel and Bar (for great cocktails, especially mojitos, and the outdoor courtyard garden), The Tobie Norris (for real ales, cheese and historic setting), and finally The London Inn (for great food at a very reasonable price). Here’s a fun pub map I found to help navigate the best Stamford watering holes.