The recorded history of Stamford dates back well over 1000 years. There are over 200 listed buildings, a unique treasure trove of provincial English Architecture built in the finest stone that this country has to offer.
W G Hoskins, the famous 1050’s Historian said “If there is a more beautiful town in the whole of England I have yet to see it. The view of Stamford from the water-meadows on a fine June evening, about a quarter to half a mile upstream, is one of the finest sights that England has to show. The western sunlight catches the grey limestone walls and turns them to gold. It falls on towers and spires and flowing water, on the warm brown roofs of Collyweston slates, and on the dark mass of the Burghley woods behind. The hipped and mansard roofs of the town rise from the edge of the river above the flashing willows, tier upon tier, to the spire of All Saints, and the towers of St Martin's, St John's, and St Michael's, and, above them all, to the noble tower and spire of St Mary's, the central jewel in the crown of Stamford... ”
Wander through Stamford at your leisure, drink good quality coffee in the numerous and lively coffee shops. Take a break for lunch at the choice of eateries or dare yourself to book one of the scary but fascinating ghost walk through Stamford’s old town.
The hospital of William Brown, an original Almshouse built in 1473 has it own cloister garden and stained glass. Five main Churches, one of the towns landmarks, on the horizon and its very own medieval remains.
If you are a collector of antiques then look no further, not only are there a number of private, independent dealers and antiquarian bookshops to browse but a whole antique centre brimming with treasure and special finds.
Stamford Arts Centre provides you with the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide selection of art forms including theatre, music and film. For more information visit stamfordartscentre.com.
Finally on Fridays, it’s Market Day, where Broad Street is lined with the colourful and lively Stamford Market. Traders, local and far afield, displaying their wears from individual crafts to fruit and vegetables, flowers, fresh meat and fish.
Surrounding Stamford is the beautiful countryside of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. Including nature reserves at Rutland water and Fineshade Wood. Historic buildings such as Burghley House, Belton House, Belvoir castle, Rockingham Castle and Gunthorpe Hall.
It’s hard to come to Stamford without visiting our own stately home, Burghley House. Filling people with awe and inspiration. Built in 1555 to 1587 by William Cecil, the Lord High Treasures to Elizabeth I, so much to see and steeped in history. There is great fun for children in the ‘Garden of Surprise’ and ‘The Sculpture Garden’. There are a number of seasonal events including the food market, Easter Hunt, craft Fair, pop groups and of course, The Burghley Horse Trials in September. For more information visit burghley.co.uk.
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There are some excellent golf courses in the area, brush up on your skills at Burghley Park Golf Club, (burghleyparkgolfclub.co.uk) established in 1890, situated in the lovely parkland of Burghley House and one of the most established courses in England and the original ground of Mark James, an honory member of the club, former European Ryder Cup Captain.
Alternatively you may want to try Luffenham Heath Golf Club (luffenhamheath.org). Founded in 1911 it is rated one of the top 100 Golf Courses in England, a charming course, adorned by oak, elm and ash trees set in an area designated as a site of special interest.
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Visit the internationally recognised Rutland Water Nature Reserve (rutlandwater.org.uk), one of the largest man made reservoirs in Europe. Home of the first Ospreys to breed in Central England for 150 years.
At Rutland Water there are lots of family fun days, self guided family friendly woodland walks and activities available including an extensive range of sports and outdoor pursuits to enjoy including sailing and windsurfing, fishing or at ground level, walking, cycling, rock climbing.
Cycle hire is available from rutlandcycling.com.
Alternatively take a trip to Fineshade Wood (forestry.gov.uk/toplodge) which has a wide range of habitat including the famous red kites. Enjoy a family adventure at Top Lodge with play areas, cycling, horse riding and walking trails.
Stamford has a Grade II listed historic train station built in 1848. From Stamford there is generally an hourly service each day towards Leicester and Birmingham New Street westbound and Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport eastbound as well as additional PM peak hour services.
Services westbound to Birmingham go via Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Narborough, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Coleshill. Services eastbound to Stansted Airport or Cambridge call at Peterborough, March, Ely and Audley End.
Fares and timetables can be found at nationalrail.co.uk
Information about local bus services can be found at rutland.gov.uk
For local taxi's we recomend stamford-taxis.co.uk.