Lincolnshire’s Elizabethan county house, Burghley, near Stamford, is welcoming visitors once more.
After successfully re-opening the Sculpture Garden and the Garden of Surprises in July, the magnificent stately home reopened its doors in August for the first time since March – but visitors only have until October to tour the house in 2020.
Accredited with the new VisitEngland ‘Good To Go’ safety mark – introducing measures designed to keep both staff and guests safe – the house will be open until 11 October, and then remain closed for essential maintenance and conservation work until next year.
While still offering a great visitor experience, there will be some differences designed to ensure Burghley remains COVID-19 secure and safe for all.
Tickets must be pre-booked online and the house will open from Wednesday to Sunday, with timed tickets available at 30-minute intervals between 10.30am and 4pm each day. All the State Rooms will be open as normal, and visitors are welcome to wander through the House at their leisure. Burghley’s knowledgeable guides will be available throughout, offering insights about the history of the House and the collections.
In line with Government guidelines, and to help keep everyone safe, visitors are also asked to wear face coverings while inside the House.
The Brewhouse Visitor interpretation centre will be open, but the Ancestors in the Attic audio-visual introduction and the Treasury Exhibition will remain closed. The Orangery Restaurant will be open, Wednesday to Sunday, but only to House visitors. The Courtyard Shop will also be open from Wednesdays to Sundays.
Tickets – £17 for adults, £9 for children and £49 for a family of up to five – cover both the House and Gardens, which can be visited either before or after the timed House visit session.
For full details see www.burghley.co.uk