Stamford is a great place to visit. Recently voted one of the best places to live in England, the jewel in the crown of Linclonshire or the finest stone town in England have been used to describe it. The local area offers a wealth of activities with historic buildings, golf, walking or
fly fishing and rock climbing at Rutland water, The
local Stamford Arts Centre hosts a variety of film and live performances
throughout the year and the Stamford Shakespeare Co is only 5 miles away
The town has plenty of bars and restaurants ranging from the traditional to the modern, English food through to Asian fusion and Italian. There's something for all.
Burghley HouseRegarded by many as the finest Elizabethan House in England, Burghley House was built in the
16th Century by William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley. Burghley is a fantastic place to visit for young and old with extensive grounds where you can get close to the deer and a sculpture park. The grounds are open all year round and are free to the public, however the house is only open from Apr to Sep so check for times.
The reservoir of 3000 acres of water and 26 miles of shoreline was constructed by Anglian Water
and has been developed to provide a wide range of recreational uses: walking, a variety of
watersports, fishing, cycling (cycles can be hired), bird watching, children's play areas and
places to picnic. There is a butterfly centre as well as the renowned bird centre
with its Osprey programme.
Stamford Shakespeare festivalA purpose-built auditorium in the landscaped grounds of the Elizabethan Tolethorpe Hall
near Stamford provides the setting for the annual summer season of outdoor Shakespeare,
which attracts 30,000 visitors a year. Prior to performances, theatre goers can dine in the Hall
or picnic on the lawns. Tickets and details from Stamford Arts Centre.
Grimsthorpe CastleGrimsthorpe is considered to be the most important 18th Century house in the area.
Architecturally of the Baroque style, it houses beautiful paintings, furniture and tapestries
and is surrounded by 3000 acres of landscaped gardens and parklands. It also offers
an adventure playground, cycle trails, Land Rover tours, red deer herd,
woodland walking trail, refreshments and shop.
Places to eat and drink
The Olive Branch
The Yard, 3 Ironmonger Street, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 756 080
(The same chefs that won the Bib Gourmand award in the Michelin Red Guide 2007)
The George Hotel (Orangery and main restaurant). St. Martins, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 750750
The Crown Hotel, Red Lion Square, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 763136
(Excellent locally produced fayre. Sunday lunch a winner)
Toby Norris, St Paul's St, Stamford.
(Over 21 very traditional pub and pizza oven)
Ask Pizza and Pasta, 9 St. Johns St, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 765455
Pizza Express, 1 High St, St. Martins, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 767902
Voujon (Indian) Special deals on Wednesday nights. 26 Broad St, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 757030
The Bombay Cottage, 52 Scotgate, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 480138
(Take aways available delivered to the cottages)
Raj Of India (Indian). 2 All saints St, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 753556
Hong Kong (Excellent Chinese take away). 5-6 All Saints St, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 754266
Mr Pang's Chinese Restaurant (Sunday buffet special). 1 Cheyne Lane, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 766508
The Orchid (Thai). 43 St. Marys St, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 757291
Stamford Arts Centre Coffee Shop, 27 St. Mary's St, Stamford.
Tel: 01780 753458