Burghley House is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the sixteenth century and a magnificent example of the great Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ houses. Conceived by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth 1, between 1555 and 1587, it is a testament to the ambition and vision of the most powerful courtier of the first Elizabethan age. With its dramatic skyline and towering obelisk clock tower, it was built to impress and the State Rooms on the first floor are awe-inspiring. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, John 5th Earl of Exeter and Brownlow, the 9th Earl travelled to the cultural centres of Europe returning with an enormous collection of art and furniture.
Burghley House is set in a 300 acre deer park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, it is one of the finest examples of his work and includes a meandering 28 acre lake and the elegantly designed Lion Bridge. The tranquil Sculpture Garden is home to a collection of contemporary sculptures amongst diverse plantings, sweeping wildflowers and hidden paths. The Garden of Surprises is a visual and sensory experience inspired by the Elizabethan fascination with astrology and classical civilisations.
Please note: There are only 30 places available. MEMBERS ONLY.
To download the booking form please click here: Burghley House Booking Form