Elizabethan grandeur at Burghley House
Just a 25-minute drive from the city of Peterborough sits the opulent Burghley House, close to the historic town of Stamford. Built in the 16th century by the Cecil Family, Burghley House is still home to one of England's oldest noble families. Now open to the public, its lavish state apartments and vast deer park attract tourists, history buffs and nature lovers all year round. Kids will love the Sculpture Garden and the Garden of Surprises, home to quirky artworks and fun activity tours.
Tour historic Stamford
Just 30 minutes' walk from Burghley House on the banks of the River Welland sits the historic town of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Rated best place to live by the Sunday Times in 2013, Stamford's gorgeous Georgian high street has been the setting for popular TV dramas Middlemarch and Pride and Prejudice thanks to its clutch of fine 17th and 18th century buildings.
Stamford to Peterborough in under 15 minutes
The historic town of Stamford is just 13 minutes by train from the bustling city of Peterborough. Start at the grand Gothic-Romanesque Peterborough Cathedral, built in the 12th century, before indulging in some retail therapy at the Queensgate shopping centre, home to over 100 stores and restaurants. Later head for Key Theatre to catch new productions, and then onto the pedestrianised streets around the cathedral for atmospheric bars and clubs. Planning a trip to Stamford? Travelodge Grantham South Witham Hotel is a short drive north on the A1, while Travelodge Peterborough Alwalton Hotel puts you right in the heart of the city.