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Burghley is set to reopen its magnificent gardens

Burghley aims to welcome back visitors to its gardens later this month when the historic country estate, near Stamford, launches its 2021 season.

While the house itself will not reopen until May 19, Covid restrictions permitting, the spectacular gardens are set to welcome visitors for pre-booked visits from March 29.

As restrictions are eased, Burghley’s three gardens will reopen with Covid measures in place, including timed tickets to ensure social distancing.

Lake and gardens at Burghley House. (45195014)
Lake and gardens at Burghley House. (45195014)

Offering a chance to enjoy the ‘great outdoors’ with the magnificent house as a spectacular backdrop, a pre-booked gardens ticket will give access to the Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden, and until April 11 the South Gardens, for its spectacular display of spring bulbs.

For most of the year the South Gardens – with 19th century yew hedges and restored fountains – can only be viewed from the windows of the State Rooms above, but they open up annually for visitors to enjoy spring colours, including narcissi displays, plus views of both the Lion Bridge and south front of the

While the house, shop and Orangery restaurant will remain closed for the time being, The Shed take-away, close to the gardens, will be open from March 29 too, restrictions permitting.

Burghley’s parkland, which is open all year with free access and parking, remains open, subject to current Covid social distancing and travel restrictions.

Garden tickets are £13.50 adults, £9.50 children and £44 for a family of up to five – they must be pre-booked, and visitors need to book a time slot too, either morning or afternoon, to help ensure social distancing.

For full details, visit: www.burghley.co.uk

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