Burghley House by Coach
The ancestral home of the Cecil family, Burghley House, set within 13,000 acres of Lincolnshire parkland is one of the UK’s most palatial period properties.
Completed in 1587, the magnificent towering Elizabethan Mansion, with its eye-catching fairytale roofline, was once the home of Elizabeth I's longest serving councillor, William Cecil, and has been passed through the family.
Prepare to be astounded by the sheer size of Burghley House as you wander the 18 State Rooms on public display. Every room is a real treat for the eye and features a treasure trove of items including paintings, furniture, Japanese ceramics, sculptures and tapestries collected over the past 500 years.
You can step back to the Tudor period in the Old Kitchen, which still maintains its original interior.
Marvel at the intricate detail of the extravagant painting ceilings and walls of the Hell Staircase, which although not everyone’s cup of tea, will leave you captivated. This leads to the beautiful Heaven Room, where life-size figures appear to magically step out from the walls.
If you thought the house was full of wonders wait until you explore the Garden of Surprises, which feature a quirky collection of fun attractions for young children and the young at heart. Get lost in the Mirror Maze, splash about in the interactive water features, explore misty grottoes and get hands on with creepy crawlies in the Gruesomely Grubby Garden.
There’s also a deer park and Sculpture Garden, featuring many contemporary items, and a beautiful lake to discover.
Burghley House also plays host to the UK’s most prestigious three-day equestrian event, the Burghley Horse Trials, which you can experience with National Holidays.