Stamford is a quaint old town on the border of Lincolnshire, that nestles along the River Welland with peaceful river walks and honey coloured stone buildings.
As you approach the town it seems protected by the five medieval church spires. The town has a l,000 year history and dates from Saxon times. It was declared England's first conservation area in l967 with its Georgian houses of honey coloured stone and it was voted one of the top ten country towns to live in by a national newspaper in 2008.
There is so much to enjoy in the area including Rutland Water a beautiful lake formed as a water reservoir round which you can enjoy picnicking or take a boat trip around to see the landscape from the water.
Stamford is very accessible by car from the Al motorway, five minutes from the town centre or by train to nearby Peterborough or directly into London, Kings Cross station in just one and a half hours.
The local Arts Centre which was built in 1768 presents live shows and films and there is a new theatre within the old Corn Exchange building in Broad Street. Browns Hospital, also on Broad Street, was founded in 1475 by a local wool merchant (the town was famed for its wool cloth in the 15th century) it still houses elderly local folk. It has a fine chapel and display of past furniture, uniforms etc.
The George Hotel is a charming l6th century coaching inn, where kings and highway men stayed on the main route from London to the North. It has marvelous oak panelling and you can dine in style in the restaurant, al fresco in the garden room or - weather permitting - in the lovely old courtyard and perhaps enjoy afternoon tea.
There are also comfortable smaller hotels and bed and breakfast premises for around £60 per night details of which can be obtained from the Tourist Office at the Arts Centre - phone 01780 755611 or email email@example.com
The town has about 15 restaurants, providing a very cosmopolitan choice of menus and 12 public houses, near the town centre which serve food. A delightful and varied market is held on Broad Street on Fridays with a farmers market in the High Street, selling fresh produce. The opportunity should be taken to visit the boutique style shops nearby and navigate the small walled passage ways which link the towns streets right down to the river.
The Registrar of Births and Deaths is in the town hall - phone 01780 753808 and there are many lovely venues registered to hold weddings in the area including Normanton Park Hotel with its backdrop of Rutland Waters and the pretty Garden House hotel in the town.
Enjoy your visit to this charming ancient town.
This small museum houses a range of exhibits covering the archaeology and social history of the town. A regular schedule of temporary exhibitions is displayed, together with the Stamford Tapestry.
Location: Stamford Library, High St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2BB - Tel: 01522 782010
The stately home of Burghley House on the edge of the town was built by Lord Burghley the treasurer to Queen Elizabeth the lst in the l6th century and its elaborate cupolas and obelisk clock towers give a breathtaking view of the surrounding park with its many deer, which also has a sculpture garden. Its magnificent room settings and painted ceilings are a joy to see. The house is open from the end of March til October from 11 am to 5 pm (phone 01780 752451) or visit the website for Burghley House.
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