Stamford Sights & Secrets Tours

Stamford Sights & Secrets Tours
Attractions | Guided Walks | Stamford
Join us on a 90 minute guided walking tour around the beautiful, unspoiled town of Stamford. See the sights, discover the secrets and meet the faces behind the Georgian facade. Find out about wife-selling, lucky escapes, bull running, why Stamford was rotten and much more!
Tours take place on Wednesdays & Saturdays at 11am, are suitable for all ages and include a children's trail.
Book in advance on our website, via Stamford Arts Centre box office, or come along and pay on the day at the meeting point outside Stamford Arts Centre. Adult £7.50, Concessions £6.50, Family £20
07534 308928

07534 308928


Stamford Sights & Secrets Tours

More to see and do in Stamford

Nene Valley Railway

Enjoy the romance of steam for 7.5 miles along the picturesque Nene Valley. Our 5 Stations will take you from the magnificent Cathedral city of Peterborough (only a 20 mins walk from our halt ) though the Nene Park with it’s visitor and child friendly attractions through to the rural Yarwell halt with riverside walks and excellent county pubs.


Burghley has been entertaining guests throughout its history and today provides a wonderful backdrop for a variety of events. Magnificent facilities, award winning caterers and a dedicated event team, ensure your event is successful and memorable to all. Every occasion can be tailored to suit individual requirements, promising a completely unique event each and every time.
The House itself has three function rooms whilst the gardens and parkland provide several potential marquee sites with fantastic views of the House and lake. Create your own unique wedding at Burghley and choose from our three licensed rooms. For a smaller or less formal meeting or seminar, rooms are available, seating up to 80 theatre-style or 28 boardroom-style. Accommodation is available in a range of local hotels.

The Priest’s House (National Trust)

Two miles from Stamford, this interesting 15th Century National Trust building contains a museum of local bygones and an extensive exhibition on the mining and preparation of Collyweston slates – an ancient and unique local industry that flourished until the 1950s. A mine has, however, recently reopened using modern working methods. Videos show mining taking place in former times and nowadays. Entry is free every day, all year, from 10am-5pm – access is obtained by contacting one of the very nearby keyholders, as indicated on the property notice board. Every Sunday In June, July & August, the property is open and manned between 2-4.30pm.

Dawson of Stamford

We are an independent family owned jewellery store. As well as an extensive range of new 18ct gold and platinum jewellery of high quality, we also have a large collection of antique and pre-owned jewellery. In our upstairs showroom we have a large collection of antique, pre-owned and new silver items. This also houses our antique furniture and objet, including carriage clocks.

The Little Barn

Rural tranquillity in high quality self-catering luxury awaits you in the charming, quiet village of Carlby, near Stamford. You’ll feel so at home in the open plan, comfortable surroundings of The Little Barn – with a full, modern kitchen area and stylish wet room too. King size double bed, plus modern sofa bed option, to sleep up to 4 people. A detached, single level property with disabled access and adjacent to your hosts’ home. Breakfast tray provided, free Wifi, cot on request, off road parking and local walks. A short drive to nearby village inns. The Little Barn is wonderful base for exploring Stamford, Burghley House, Tolethorpe Hall’s open-air Shakespeare theatre, Bourne and Rutland Water. ‘Perfectly equipped, lovely little touches, very welcoming owners, gorgeous bathroom’

No. 9 Burghley Lane

No. 9 Burghley Lane in Stamford is a 4 storey, Grade 2 listed town house sleeping up to eight guests. Great location to explore Stamford and Burghley Park. Well equipped and many original features.

Rest and be Thankful

Rest and be Thankful is one of three farm cottages built in 1873 set in stunning countryside with lovely views. Walk out of the gate and there are three nearby Nature Reserves. We are just 10 minutes drive from splendid Stamford.
The cottage sleep up to four people. With super comfy beds, high quality bed linen and newly installed double glazing, you are guaranteed a warm and cozy stay. The fully equipped kitchen means you can relax and eat in, or venture out to one of the many local eateries. Or light the BBQ and sit in the garden to enjoy the sunset. Your four-legged friends are also welcome!
Perfect for a romantic getaway.
By booking our other cottage Little Bothy we can accommodate up to 8 people with flexible sleeping arrangements. Great for friends or family to enjoy time together!

Frothy’s Coffee Shop

Frothys Coffee Shop is a family run business and one of Stamford’s main meeting places. We pride ourselves on our welcoming and friendly customer service, excellent drinks, light lunches and delicious cakes. All our food is freshly prepared and to order on the premises using quality, locally sourced produce whenever possible. There is plenty of space, a great map on the wall and a local artist’s picture of the market takes pride of place. Seating outside in the summer and a lovely roaring open fire in winter. Newspapers and magazines are on display for your perusal.

Blue Badge Tour Guide – Jill Collinge

Jill has been guiding for over 25 years having qualified as Blue Badge Tour Guide for Lincolnshire & Rutland and is the Stamford Town Guide. She has extensive knowledge of the region whether it is from a historical, social or architectural perspective. Offering a range of guided services, she aims to ensure that each guided walk, talk or coach tour is tailored to its audience and presented in an informative yet entertaining and anecdotal style. Jill has considerable experience working with the media (TV, press, radio) at a local, national and international level.

Café au Chocolat

Captivating the hearts of residents and visitors of Stamford is Café au Chocolat, the taste of continental France. This chic and cosy family-run café & creperie appeals to customers of all ages with its original offering of authentic French crepes, eye catching patisserie, fine artisan chocolates and speciality single origin coffees and organic hot chocolates! The staff are skilled in the original Breton art of making traditional crepes and use gluten free buckwheat flour to produce mouth-watering sweet and savoury crepes & galettes as customers look on. This is a Cafe with a difference and there is something for everyone at Cafe au Chocolat.

St. Martin’s Antiques Centre

Situated in the gorgeous Lincolnshire market town of Stamford, St. Martin’s Antique Centre is the only unmatched emporium to delight and interest everyone. With over 70 dealers offering an extensive range of styles from Art Deco, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Vintage and Collectables, we have something to suit every budget and taste. Selling: Lighting, Silver, Furniture, Jewellery, Clothing, Pictures, Prints, Clocks, Watches, Glass, Porcelain, Brass, Copper, Leather, Toys, Rugs, Tools, Signs, Kitchenalia, Coins, Taxidermy – you name it, we’ve got it! The perfect place to browse for hours, with free parking and an easy walk from the town centre and train station.

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Bumble Bee Barn

Bumble Bee Barn is a high quality stone built barn conversion, formerly a cart shed and grain store. This was part of a working farm, which is still in use today. This lovely self-catering property comprises 3 bedrooms: two king-size en-suite bedrooms – one with a shower, one with a bath, and also a single room with en-suite shower. Bumble Bee Barn has solid oak flooring and doors throughout. Central heating and double glazing makes for a warm cosy welcome. The main living area has views looking out to the front lawn and has comfy sofas, a dining room table and chairs and a widescreen TV. A traditional and well equipped kitchen also has a washer/dryer and dishwasher. On the ground floor is a separate toilet, a coat room and separate chill out room with sofa. A welcome basket of treats awaits your arrival. There is plenty of parking with easy access and a private, secure garden. A country inn is a short walk away, serving good food.

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Old Hall Coach House

This attractive Victorian stone house enjoys wonderful views of Rutland Water. A popular pub and Rutland Sailing Club are in the village. The twin bedroom with private bathroom overlooks the croquet lawn towards Normanton Church. The double bedroom with en-suite and two smaller bedrooms all have glimpses of the water. We also have a self catering flat with views of the moorings with en-suite twin room, a sitting area with TV, and a new kitchen with all modern appliances. Stamford, Oakham and Uppingham are all about 5 miles away. Burghley, Rockingham Castle, Grimsthorpe Castle and Belton House are all within a half hour drive.

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Stamford Shakespeare Company

Throughout summer, the Stamford Shakespeare Company presents a season of classic plays – William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night and Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

The theatre is situated in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, where last summer over 33,000 people experienced the magic of a visit to this unique venue. Enjoy a picnic in the glorious grounds, then take your seat, protected from summer showers, and see a stage like no other.

‘One of the finest things to do in summer’ – The Sunday Times.
‘One of England’s premier alfresco theatre venues’ -The Stage

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