One of the finest Georgian towns in England
Stamford is widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. The pretty facades of the town are favourites with film and television producers – Stamford was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film and has also appeared in Middlemarch, The Da Vinci Code and the Golden Bowl. It’s no wonder that visitors come from far and wide to experience Stamford’s charm, character and outstanding shopping and restaurants.
Stamford has a bustling market day every Friday when the pavements are packed with eager shoppers stocking up on local vegetables, meats, pies, bread and fresh fish.
Experience Stamford’s quieter side by seeking out tranquillity on the banks of the River Welland which winds its way through Stamford enroute to The Wash.
Stamford’s narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards are home to a variety of speciality shops, fine jewellers and designer boutiques, whilst the High Street has a great choice of independent and recognised retailers.
When it’s time to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice, as the town has a reputation for good food. Head to a cosy cafe and watch the world go by over the rim of your tea cup, or enjoy the surroundings of the many traditional inns serving home cooked fayre.
The George of Stamford is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. The George is one of England’s greatest coaching inns that offers the perfect escape to enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea in the lounge or courtyard, or a magnificent meal in the oak panelled restaurant. A place of rest for travellers has stood on this spot for almost a thousand years! The famous gallows that reach out across from The George to the other side of the street are said to welcome the honest traveller and offer a warning to highwaymen!
No visit to Stamford is complete without a visit to Burghley House, a breathtaking Elizabethan stately home which is still privately owned. You may recognise Burghley House from its many appearances on the big screen, including The Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice, when it was portrayed as the home of Lady Catherine De Bourgh. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer. Burghley park is home to the internationally renowned Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials during late summer each year.
Stamford Tourist Information Centre is located on St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DL | Tel: 01780 755611 | Email: [email protected]