Burghley House

Burghley House, a 16th century country house in Lincolnshire, will welcome the return of behind-the-scenes torchlit tours this October to unearth hidden history secrets.

Tickets for Burghley's Spooky Tours, which are on sale for groups now, include a private tour of the property through creepy cellars and centuries-old cloisters. 

The tours will run between 18th and 31st October. Parties of up to 30 people can book exclusive private tours at a special group rate. 

What can you see? 

The guided tours take in some of the less visited areas of Burghley. Designed to be ‘scary but fun’, the tours – led by local ghost expert Martin Tempest – will reveal Burghley’s spooky stories across the centuries and promise plenty of history, as well as some scares. 

Tours last approximately 50 minutes. Places are limited and group travel organisers are advised to book well early. 

More about Burghley, and group visits 

Said to be one of the largest UK houses of the first Elizabethan Age, Burghley was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587.

The main part of the house has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors, but there are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The gardens and parkland were largely designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. 

Groups are welcome at Burghley throughout the year, and general (non-scary) house and garden tours are on offer for visiting parties to enjoy. 

Group booking is available for a minimum of 20 people. Group leaders are entitled to a complimentary ticket to the gardens and the coach driver is welcome to free admission and free refreshments.   

For more details about group visits, see www.burghley.co.uk