The State Rooms at Burghley House will remain closed to the public for the remainder of 2020. Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, it is felt that the House poses too many risks for both visitors and staff. This is because of the relatively small size of some rooms, narrow routes and physical restrictions on two-way access, meaning that a suitable social distance route is not possible.
Miranda Rock, House Director said: ‘With a heavy heart and after much discussion about the practicalities of movement through the State Rooms, we have taken the difficult decision not to reopen the House to visitors this year. This conclusion was not reached without careful discussion and consideration of all the challenges that we would face in complying with social distancing. At the end of the day, a visit to Burghley is meant to be enjoyable and we did not feel that we could offer our visitors a high-quality experience.’
As a charitable trust, Burghley House Preservation Trust follows a continuing program of extensive restoration work on the fabric of Burghley House. This period of closure will be used to make sure that some of the more complex and time-consuming repairs are addressed so that the House can continue to be enjoyed by visitors for many generations to come.
The Gardens are currently closed along with Government guidance concerning ticketed outdoor venues. This will be kept under constant review with the prospect of opening the gardens later in the summer.
The parkland will remain open daily from 7am to 6pm, free of charge. All other facilities including the Orangery Restaurant, Garden Café, Gift Shop, Garden Shop and toilets remain closed.
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