Garden Tours and Talks at Burghley in 2020

The gardens and parkland you experience today were largely designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century and combine the playful element of the Garden of Surprises with the contemporary twist of our Sculpture Garden.

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Garden Tours in 2020

The Burghley Experience self guided Gardens visit – £10.00 per person

Enjoy the playful nature of the Garden of Surprises, based on William Cecil’s lost trick garden at his Hertfordshire home, Theobalds. With swiveling Caesar busts, basins of water, jets and the mirrored maze, these gardens have been designed to be accessible to all regardless of age or interest and are particularly enjoyable for the young and young at heart. The Contemporary Sculpture Garden mixes contemporary sculpture in an historic setting. Bark and mown pathways lead you around the Sculpture Garden where you pass many different species of tree and enjoy a beautiful view of the artificial lake created by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1770’s. (Minimum group number: 20 guests).

The Gardens at Burghley – £12.00 per person

Burghley’s Head Gardener, Joe Whitehead, would like to offer you a chance to explore the Garden of Surprises, Sculpture Gardens, and private South Gardens. Your tour of the gardens with our Head Gardener will begin in the Orangery Rose Garden. (Maximum capacity: 50 per tour)

Parkland and South Gardens Tour – £30.00 per person (subject to availability)

Start your morning with a tour of Burghley’s vast parkland and ancient trees with our Head Forester, Peter Glassey, followed by a tour through the private South Gardens in the afternoon with our Head Gardener, Joe Whitehead. (Maximum capacity: 20 per tour. Duration: 10am – 4pm)

To discuss your group options and arrange your visit, please call Catherine Horne in the House Office on 01780 752 451, or email


Capability Brown Tricentennial Celebration

In 2016 we celebrated the birth of England’s most famous gardener at Burghley, one of the finest examples of his landscape and architectural achievements.

Read about the special talks and tours we ran to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Englands greatest gardener on the Capability Tricentenary page.

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