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Stamford is a traditional English rose of a town, elegantly built from honey coloured limestone and arranged around the River Welland. Stamford's many churches and traditional looking pubs have made this town a location scout's dream come true. It's been used in everything from BBC period dramas to The Da Vinci Code. The best places to stay in Stamford will appeal to foodies, families and anyone looking for a rural escape, be it an adventurous or relaxing one.
Stamford's appeal doesn't really come from any one headline attraction, this town is beautiful because of the sum of its parts and it's a really pretty place to stroll around.
Visitors who come to do this sort of strolling won't be disappointed. There are plenty of charming little cafes and eateries, boutiques, pubs and churches to browse on your meanderings.
There are a few spots especially worth visiting in Stamford though, there's the 15th Century William Browne Hospital and medieval almshouse. St. Mary's Church, with its wonky spire and Burghley House, built by Queen Elizabeth I's chief advisor on 810 acres which is still home to the same family. This is a rather fancy stately home, with pavilions, cupolas and belvederes. The grounds were designed by Capability Brown.
What not to miss:
- Visit the historic 15th Century William Browne Hospital and medieval almshouse.
- Spend an afternoon at Burghley house and explore the 810 acres of surrounding parkland and gardens.
- Wander through the pretty streets stopping at quaint cafes and pubs.
- Take walks in the Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve
- Cycle around Rutland Water.
The town is an ever popular destination and the best places to stay in Stamford will get booked up well ahead. We suggest you get organised and book early. Alternatively come midweek or during the quieter spring and autumn months.
For a slice of tradition
The Bull & Swan is an ancient coaching inn with just seven rooms. The food is good and the rooms are more modern than you'd expect from the beautiful old facade. You are on the grounds of the Burghley Estate, so it's just a short stroll to Burghley House.
Also on the Burghley Estate, The William Cecil is a refurbished county house with decor that blends quirkiness and splendour. The 27 rooms are all different, but the food is consistently good.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
- Fly to either either Stansted Airport, East Midlands Airport or Birmingham airport.
- Stamford is served by a single railway station to the South of the town with good connections across the UK.
- Best time to visit - Stamford is a year round destination with each season offering its own charm, however for the best chance at warm bright days travel in the summer months (May - September).
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.
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Best Hotels in Stamford
The George 47 rooms from £215Stamford
An old Coaching Inn sitting in the heart of an historic English town. Individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed with patterned wallpaper, chintz fabrics and antique furniture. An atmospheric restaurant serves up hearty fare in the oak-panelled hall. A quintessentially British stay.Local exploring - A historic building located in one of Britain's finest towns.Sights nearby - Explore the pretty town taking in the charming Browne's Hospital almshouses founded in 1475.Great walks - Embark on a picturesque walk from the hotel to Burghley House.Full of character
The Crown 18 rooms from £115Stamford
An old Coaching Inn located in the beautiful town of Stamford. Simply designed rooms have a traditional feel without being fussy - the best have free standing baths. A lively restaurant uses local produce to great effect. A warm, relaxed hotel ideal for a weekend exploring the region.Local exploring - Set in what is acclaimed to be one of Britain's most beautiful towns.Sights nearby - Take a tour of the nearby Burghley House and Sculpture Park.Great walks - Take picturesque walks in the surrounding countryside.Full of character
The White Hart 12 rooms from £85Stamford (Cambridgeshire)
A charming 17th century inn with twelve uniquely designed rooms, some with a contemporary vibe, some more traditional, all with smart modern bathrooms. Classic British cuisine created with local produce, and a picturesque garden terrace for warmer days. Quaint and rustic; ideal for a country escape.Sights nearby - There are many tourist attractions nearby including Burghley House and Peterborough CathedralRomantic - Good for couples.Secluded setting - For escaping.Remote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Sawdays