House Tours and Talks at Burghley in 2020

Still a much loved family home, Burghley invites you to discover this Elizabethan Treasure House. Burghley is perhaps best-known for its historical collections of important works of art, early tapestries, impressive Japanese ceramics and sculptures, where many still stand when first recorded in 1688.

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Tours at Burghley

The Burghley Experience self-guided visit – £14.00 per person

Explore at your leisure and enjoy the wonderful history of the House, family and its impressive collection.  Our knowledgeable and approachable room stewards are on hand to provide a wealth of information on the state rooms and their collections, and to answer any questions you may have. After this, take in the annual Treasury Exhibition, vast parkland, Garden of Surprises and Contemporary Sculpture Garden. (Minimum group number: 20 guests).

The Burghley Experience guided tour – £16.00 per person 

Our experienced tour guides will transport your guests back in time and bring to life the intricate history of the Cecil family and the collections they have built over 450 years of Burghley history. (Duration: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Minimum group number: 20 guests). Groups of 20+ will be split into smaller parties. Guided tours can be arranged on request at 10.30am or 3.00pm (subject to availability).

Beastly Boring Burghley – 7-12 Yrs – £13.00 per person

A wonderful family tour at Burghley. A great way to introduce young families to ‘horrible history’ in a beastly boring way! Our own Burghley Tudor lady or gentleman will lead you on an exciting journey through this remarkable House. The children must find turtle skulls in the Kitchen, secret animal code names in the Billiard Room, and English villains in the Pagoda Room with the help of our complimentary children’s Guide Book. (Duration: 1 hour. Maximum capacity: 20 children per tour)

Tour of the State Rooms with ‘Capability’ Brown’s Influence –  £30.00 per person excluding lunch

Tea/coffee followed by a Tour of the State Rooms viewing ‘Capability’ Brown’s influence of the House and a Tour of the Gardens with the Head Gardener. (Duration: 10:15am – Coffee. 10:30am – Tour of Gardens. 2pm – Tour of Gardens. (Maximum capacity: 20 per tour)

Conservation and Twilight Tours – £25.00 per person

Conservation and Twilight tours are available by request.


Talks with a tour at Burghley

Introduction over tea, coffee and biscuits followed by a Self Guided Tour – £22.00 per person (including House and Gardens ticket)

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will give an informal introduction to the House over tea and coffee in the Loggia, before your group explores the House and Gardens at leisure. Introductory talks are available prior to 11:30am and allow visitors to have an insight and greater understanding of the Cecil family before entering the House. (Duration Introduction: 20 mins. Minimum group number: 20 guests. Maximum capacity: 50 guests).

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


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