Stamford has a unique blend of history, niche shopping and stunning Georgian architecture – and won the supreme compliment from the Sunday Times newspaper as ‘Britain’s top place to live’ in 2013. Proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as “the finest stone town in England”, it was declared a conservation area in 1967 and has over 600 listed buildings of mellow limestone including five medieval churches.

Stamford is a bustling, prosperous market town and has a wide range of shops, hostelries and attractions. There is a thriving high street with coffee shops, restaurants and a vast range of retailers to tempt you. Our main street market is on a Friday with a smaller Saturday market and once a fortnight there is a Farmers’ Market.

You must not miss the Arts Centre; built in 1768 it is one of the oldest provincial theatres in England, which holds many events throughout the year. The Steam Brewery, Browne’s Hospital’s and the 12th century ruins of St Leonard’s Priory are all worth a look. You may well find an event going on in the town or on the riverside Meadows, in this ‘town of festivals’.

The popular Town Trail takes you through Stamford exploring quaint passageways, main thoroughfares and market squares. So whether the tranquil river walks, fine Georgian buildings or the more modern attractions captivate you, Stamford has something to charm everyone.

On the outskirts of Stamford is one of the most impressive Elizabethan houses in England, Burghley House – with eighteen treasure-filled state rooms boasting a world-renowned collection of tapestries, porcelain and paintings. The stunning Garden of Surprises and sculpture garden complete the picture.

Rutland Water to the west of South Kesteven, is one of Europe’s largest reservoirs and now a haven for fishing, cycling, sailing and wildlife, and rolling countryside with picturesque villages all round.

Explore our beautiful locations in Stamford

Garden House garden exterior

The Garden House

The Garden House is just a few minutes stroll from the centre of historic Stamford. The house offers free Wifi, ...
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Magnolia House exterior

Magnolia House

A warm welcome awaits you at Magnolia House - a stylish B&B in a quiet location within walking distance of ...
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Sulehay Cottages interior

Old Sulehay Cottages

Welcome to Old Sulehay Cottages, originally three farm cottages built in 1873, set in a beautiful location with stunning views ...
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The Little Barn, Carlby exterior

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 ...
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Cosy Club Stamford

The Cosy Club

Cosy Clubs celebrate the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a fabulous, welcoming setting - think aristocratic abundance ...
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Frothy's Coffee Shop

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 ...
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Cafe au chocolat Stamford

Café au Chocolat

Captivating the hearts of residents and visitors of Stamford is Café au Chocolat, the taste of continental France. This chic ...
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Nene Valley Railway steam train

Nene Valley Railway

Enjoy the romance of steam for 7.5 miles along the picturesque Nene Valley. Our 5 Stations will take you from ...
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All Saints, Easton on the Hill

Easton Labyrinth & Peace Garden

Easton Labyrinth and Peace Garden is an innovative place of peace, contemplation and reflection for everyone. Situated within the award-winning ...
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Priest's House exterior

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 ...
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Stamford view

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 ...
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Burghley House - Bow Room


Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan age, was built and mostly designed by William ...
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Browne's Hospital

Browne’s Hospital & Museum

The Hospital or almshouse was founded by William Browne, a rich wool merchant of Stamford, and built in 1475. The ...
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Loomes Regency wrist watch

Loomes Clock & Watchmakers

Proper British watchmakers occupy the old gaoler's house next to the town bridge in Stamford. Loomes are an old established ...
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Dawson Shop Front

Dawson of Stamford

We are an independent family owned jewellery store. As well as an extensive range of new 18ct gold and platinum ...
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Stamford arts centre theatre

Stamford Arts Centre

A thriving multi-arts venue located in Stamford, which also houses the Stamford Tourist Information Centre. There is opportunity to experience ...
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