About Stamford, the finest market town

St. Mary's Church, Stamford Bridge from the Meadows, Stamford

The Lincolnshire market town of Stamford became the first conservation area in England in 1967. It is an ideal haven for collectors and St. Martins Antique Centre is the jewel in its crown.

In 2013, Stamford was rated the best place to live by The Sunday Times.

Stamford is best known for its core of 17th and 18th century stone buildings, older timber framed buildings and five medieval parish churches. Burghley House is on the outskirts of the town, within walking distance from St. Martins Antiques.

Stamford's numerous high-quality hotels, restaurants, and atmospheric pubs and bars, provide everything from four posters or four courses, to real ales and craft beers.

Albert Bridge, Stamford Stamford Market

There are many tranquil walks along the River Welland but if you fancy something a little more vigorous, market day is on Friday.

Many enchanting villages surround the town and beautiful Rutland Water is only a short drive away.

"England's best stone town." --Sir John Betjeman
"The finest sight on the road between London and Edinburgh." -- Sir Walter Scott
"The climax of Lincolnshire in terms of historical as well as architectural significance." -- Pevsner

Stamford fair is even mentioned in Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2 (Act III Scene 2).

Burghley House

Burghley House is within walking distance of St. Martins Antiques. Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age, built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. Visitor facilities include the Orangery Restaurant, Gift Shop, Sculpture Garden and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer. http://www.burghley.co.uk

Burghley House Deer at Burghley House

The Stamford Shakespeare Company

The Stamford Shakespeare Company presents an annual season of plays in June, July, August and the first week of September at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, just off the A1, two miles north of Stamford. Why not have a great day out? Lunch in Stamford, a stroll round the Antiques Centre in the afternoon and a visit to the theatre in the evening? Book early to avoid disappointment. http://www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

Rutland Water

The largest man-made lake in western Europe, Rutland Water has an international reputation for providing a balance of sport, leisure and wildlife conservation and offers everyone the opportunity to try something new. You can try energetic sports such as windsurfing, rock-climbing or canoeing, hire a dinghy, bicycle or fishing boat or just visit the Visitor Centre and relax by the waterside. http://www.rutlandwater.org.uk

Normanton Church Rutland Water

Stamford Arts Centre & Tourist Information Centre

Here you will find a pleasant cafe and cellar bar, a cinema, art gallery and the Stamford Tourist Information Centre. http://www.stamfordartscentre.com

Stamford History

The ideal page to learn something of Stamford's glorious past and exciting present. http://www.stamford.co.uk/tourism/history.shtml

About Stamford

The Stamford web site provides up to the minute, comprehensive and entertaining information for the prospective visitor. http://www.stamford.co.uk

What's On in Rutland

For What's On and everything you need to know about Rutland. http://www.rutnet.co.uk