With cobbled alleys, honey-hued buildings and medieval churches, it's easy to see why Sir Walter Scott once described Stamford as “the finest stone town in England”. Explore atmospheric alehouses, boutique shops and farm-to-table restaurants while strolling the banks of the River Welland, featured in “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Da Vinci Code”.
Things to do in Stamford
It's easy to spend a few hours exploring Stamford's characterful town centre, as the streets are lined with elegant Georgian buildings and timber-clad shopfronts. It's best seen on the Town Trail, a popular route that winds through alleys, main streets and market squares. Why not treat yourself to lunch at one of the town's artisan restaurants? No 3 The Yard is a local favourite, serving up thoughtful "plough to plate" fare.
Built in the 12th century, St Mary's Church is one of the town's signature landmarks. It features a grand Gothic Revival facade and a stunning stained-glass rose window. In the summer the church hosts classical music concerts.
Just out of town you'll find Tolethorpe Hall. The charming country estate is home to the Rutland Theatre, which hosts performances by the Stamford Shakespeare Company, from "Much Ado About Nothing" to "The Merry Wives of Windsor".
Set in sprawling grounds, Burghley House is one of England's most handsome estates. It was built by William Cecil, chief adviser to Queen Elizabeth. You're welcome to tour the elegant staterooms, stroll around the gardens and enjoy a meal at the Orangery Restaurant.
Getting around Stamford
Stamford is best explored on foot, though you'll need a car to access the Lincolnshire countryside. Stamford Station is located on the south bank of the River Welland, a short stroll from the town centre.