Burghley House

Burghley House in Lincolnshire is set to welcome groups at night for the first time, offering a new perspective of the Tudor building after the autumn lights switch-on.

The ‘Burghley by Twilight’ tours will be available during a new four-night event from 4th to 7th October that will give visitors the chance to walk through the State Rooms as darkness begins to fall.

About the new tours

The autumnal event will feature Victorian-themed music throughout the House, where visitors can enjoy drinks in the candlelit Old Kitchen, or live music by a violinist and a harpist in the State Rooms.

The violinist will be playing in the Bow Room, which was used in 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, while visitors walking beneath the painted ceiling of the Hell Staircase will be accompanied by the tunes of a Victorian music box.

The harpist will be in the Great Hall, where guests can find a Tudor fireplace, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert dined more than 170 years ago.

About the House

Burghley House 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, while there are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas.

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.

Guided tours are available both in the house and the garden, along with group catering.

Additional information

‘Burghley at Twilight’ will be open from 6pm to 8pm every night and groups have to be a minimum of 20 people.

During the event, the Orangery Restaurant will also be open serving a set menu, along with the Burghley shop that will be open especially for the event.

To book your tickets, you can call 01780-752451 or for more details about group visits in general, you can visit www.burghley.co.uk/visiting/group-visits.