Stamford

Stamford is one of Lincolnshire’s loveliest towns. With stunningly beautiful Georgian architecture and over 600 listed buildings made from mellow limestone, Stamford is a true gem.  Described by Sir Walter Scott (of Ivanhoe fame) as ‘the finest stone town in England’, we guarantee that you will be as charmed by Stamford as he was! In 1967, Stamford became the very first designated conservation area in England and Wales.

It is no wonder then that Stamford is a popular location for filming period dramas. George Elliot’s Middlemarch, the 2004 film version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, (with Kiera Knightley and Dame Judi Dench), and The Da Vinci Code were all filmed in and around Stamford.

Stamford is a wonderful place to visit and there is plenty to do and see. You can enjoy relax and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the town’s many delightful tea shops and cafes, or indulge in a bit of retail therapy in one of Stamford’s many independent shops.  Why not take a stroll along the River Welland as it cuts through the town’s park or visit one of Stamford’s art galleries?

Places to visit in Stamford:

Burghley House was built in the 16th Century by  Sir William Cecil, chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. This magnificent stately home, located a mile outside Stamford and just off the A1, is open to the public from March to November, and is home to the world famous Burghley Horse Trials every September. For more information, please click here: Burghley House

Stamford Arts Centre is housed in what used to be the Stamford Assembly Rooms, dating back to 1727. This lovely building was used as a set both for the BBC’s production of Middlemarch and, in 2004, for Pride and Prejudice. Today it is an arts centre, theatre, cinema and exhibition hall. It also hosts workshops and has a cafe. For more information, please click here: Stamford Arts Centre

The George Hotel is a traditional coaching inn and is the very essence of what Stamford is like. Pop in for a morning coffee or treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea – and absorb the fantastic sense of history! For more information, please click here: The George Hotel

Stamford Meadows is communal parkland in the centre of Stamford, with the River Welland running alongside. It is a lovely place to have a picnic or simply a walk alongside the river.

All Saints’ Church is the parish church of Stamford. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Well worth visiting. For more information, please click here: All Saints Church

Browne’s Hospital was originally built as an almshouse for the poor in 1475. Additions were made in the 1870s. The medieval parts are open to the public at weekends during the summer. For more information, please click here: Browne’s Hospital 

All Saints’ Brewery is a micro-brewery specialising in fruit beers. To arrange a guided tour, telephone 10780 752186 (it isn’t possible to book one online). The brewery also has a pub attached that has become very popular with locals and visitors alike – oh yes, and it serves great food! Address: 22 All Saints’ Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire. PE9 2PA.

 

Events in Stamford:

Mid-Lent Fair: one of England’s largest street fairs dating back nearly a thousand years, arrives in Stamford the day after Mothering Sunday for 5 days.

Stamford Shakespeare Season: Shakespeare comes to Stamford between June and August in this annual event. A fantastic evening of entertainment in an enchanted outdoor theatre. For more information, please click here: Stamford Shakespeare Season

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials: this world-famous 3 day eventing competition takes place in the stunning grounds of Burghley House every September. For more information, please click here: Burghley Horse Trials

And finally – not a lot of people know this…..

The remains of a Sauropod dinosaur – believed to be over 170 million years old – was discovered at the Williamson Cliffe Quarry in Stamford in 1968!

The Sauropods, at over 100 feet long and weighing over 100 tons, were one of the largest of all dinosaurs.