As part of The Challenge we visit the impressive Elizabethan Burghley House…and have a fab day out!


Burghley House is an impressive Elizabethan stately home in Lincolnshire, not far from Peterborough – though we visited while staying at the Sandringham campsite in Norfolk.


Burghley House

Burghley House is an impressive stately home from the time of Queen Elizabeth I


It was even built in the shape of an E originally, for Elizabeth I. Unfortunately, even though Elizabeth I was going to stay there, she never did!

However, Queen Victoria did, and you can see where she slept.

Queen Victoria's Bed

A bed fit for a queen? We think she'd have liked our Compass Casita beds even more!


There is a fantastic children’s guide to Burghley House, called the “Beastly Boring Burghley”. It is full of interesting facts or things to spot in the many different rooms.

Beastly Boring Burghley

The children’s guide to Burghley House was excellent and in the style of the Horrid Histories series.


Burghley Gardens

Burghley House sits in an impressive ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.

Burghley House Map

Map of the grounds to explore around Burghley House


The owners of Burghley House knocked down an entire wing of their house to improve the view of this landscape. The Elizabethan manor is no longer in an ‘E’ shape, as it was when it was first built.

It looks like Burghley house sits next to a meandering river. This ‘river’ is an artificial lake that was dug out by hand and lined with clay that the renowned ‘Capability’ Brown found on the estate.

Burghley House next to the lake

This is a man-made lake that looks like a river


You can walk from the house over to the ‘lion bridge’ that crosses the lake.

While the landscape is great to look at and stretch your legs, your kids will love the more modern Garden of Surprises.


A garden sculpture

One of the garden sculptures at Burghley


We visited at Halloween and followed the pumpkin trail. There was even a trail for adults to do.

The Garden of Surprises has a water garden and is a place your kids will love to get wet, so bring a towel and a change of clothes!

Fountains suddenly appear, as well as doorways of water.


The Water Garden

Be prepared for wet kids in the Water Garden!


There’s also a good mirror maze to get lost in.

The Garden of Surprises is full of sculptures and different themed areas, and so you can spend a good hour or two exploring it.

It’s also a great place to bring a picnic.


One of the paths around the grounds


The Garden of Surprises is full of … surprises


The lion bridge that crosses the lake


Lots of great places for a picnic


By the lake. Another great place to stop


Sculptures in the Garden of Surprises


This tower had a surprise inside if you looked up


Burghley Elizabethan House


Getting in Touch with Burghley Hall

Here's how you can get in contact with Burghley Hall.

Burghley Hall Website


Burghley Hall Facebook Page

01780 752451


Where to find Burghley Hall

Sat Nav Postcode: PE9 3JY

Latitude: 52.6424828, Longitude: -0.4524698

Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY.


Things to do Nearby:

Woolsthorpe Manor – A place with Gravity


We stayed at:

Sandringham Campsite

16.4 miles away
Sandringham Camping and Caravanning Club Site, The Sandringham Estate, Double Lodges, Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EA