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The historic town center benefits from a good selection of independent and high street shops, beauty salons, over 30 pubs serving real ales and a good range of restaurants. It is also home to 11 churches, giving it one of the most beautiful and unique skylines in the country. Despite a modest population of just 18,000 residents, there’s no shortage of sights and activities to do.
Perhaps Stamford is most famous for Burghley House & Deer Park, which dates back to the 16th century and is regarded by many as England’s finest Elizabethan House. It also plays host to Burghley Horse Trials, Burghley Film Festival and the Battle Proms Concert, as well as featuring a sculpture garden and picturesque Orangery. Many visitors however choose to make the most of the vast parkland with picnics.
For those looking for an active holiday, nearby Rutland Water and Tallington Lakes both offer a range of water sports, from jet skiing to banana boating. Just ask the friendly hosts at Borderville guest house for help arranging an action packed break. Outdoor sports such as fishing and shooting are also popular and can be easily organised. There are also plenty of walking and cycling routes through the surrounding Lincolnshire countryside, with a selection of traditional pubs to refuel in en route!
Architecturally, Stamford is as stunning as it is diverse, with a mixture of primarily Victorian and Georgian buildings interspersed with fragments of Norman and Medieval. The cobbled streets and winding alleyways further add to the charm of this unique town. The George of Stamford, dating back nearly 1000 years, is one of the greatest surviving coaching inns and once frequented by the Knights Templar as well as standing witness to the War of the Roses. Other notable buildings include the ruins of the 12th century Priory of St. Leonard, All Saints Brewery and Brownes Hospital.
If you’re lucky enough to be staying in Stamford for longer than a few days, you may wish to do some day trips to the nearby towns and villages. For history enthusiasts, don’t miss a trip to the nearby village of Fotheringhay, where Mary Queen of Scots was tried and beheaded in 1587. Although the castle there no longer remains, the surviving Grimsthorpe Castle more than makes up for it and is set within 3,000 acres of parkland and woodland making it a great day out for all the family.
The local market towns of Oundle, Oakham and Uppingham also make a good day trip and a chance to see more of the local history and architecture that makes this part of England so desirable. Oakham is most famous for it’s former Norman Castle, of which the Great Hall still stands. Oundle is littered with interesting buildings such as The Talbot Hotel, which was built from the ruins of the castle at Fotheringhay, as well as featuring regular farmers markets where you can buy fresh produce such as locally made honey and cheeses. Uppingham is the only remaining town to continue hosting the annual Fatstock Show in temporary penning, and is a great chance to support British farmers exhibiting their prize livestock.