Burghley House is set to reopen on August 5 after its coronavirus lockdown
Burghley House will reopen to the public on August 5, helping to give the Stamford area's economy a boost.
The stately home's Sculpture Garden and the Garden of Surprises reopened last month (June), but the house itself has been closed to visitors since March.
It has now been accredited with the new Visit England ‘Good To Go’ safety mark, which includes measures to keep staff and guests safe from coronavirus.
Miranda Rock, house director, said: “We are thrilled that we can safely reopen the house as well as the gardens and enable our visitors to enjoy Burghley this summer.
"With the easing of regulations, we are now confident that we can provide a great day out while complying with industry-standard Covid regulations.
"We are fully committed to sharing this wonderful place and never has it seemed more important to make every effort to reopen and share the delights of both the house and the landscape with our visitors."
The reopening follows Stamford, Bourne and Oakham pub-owner Michael Thurlby's call, earlier this month, for businesses and attractions to reopen in order to boost the visitor economy in the area.
Discussing the effect of lockdown and how to reduce its impact on local businesses, he had said: “We need everything open. We need the clothes shops open, we need the car parks in action, and we need visitor attractions such as Burghley House to reopen.We need all this so that people feel it’s worthwhile coming in to town for a day out.”
There will be some differences at Burghley to make sure it remains Covid-19 secure:
- Tickets must be pre-booked online and the house will open from Wednesday to Sunday, with timed tickets available at 30-minute intervals between 10.30am and 4pm each day
- All the State Rooms will be open as normal, and visitors are welcome to wander through the house at their leisure
- Burghley’s guides will be available throughout, offering insights about the history of the house and the collections
- In line with Government guidelines, visitors are asked to wear face coverings while inside the house
- The Brewhouse visitor interpretation centre will be open, but the Ancestors in the Attic audio-visual introduction and the Treasury Exhibition will remain closed
- The Orangery Restaurant will be open, Wednesday to Sunday, but only to house visitors
- The Courtyard Shop will also be open from Wednesdays to Sundays
Tickets – £17 for adults, £9 for children and £49 for a family of up to five - cover both the house and gardens, which can be visited either before or after the timed house visit session.
Burghley House will remain open until October 11 before closing for the winter season as usual.