Stamford, Lincolnshire; the home of cobbled streets, quaint coffee shops and historic churches. Residing on the River Welland, the beautiful old town of Stamford is 92 miles north of London, on the A1 and a must-visit for anyone in the area.
I’ve made it one of my missions lately to explore more local towns and cities, as we all dream of these lavish holidays in hot countries, (which I totally get, don’t get me wrong!) However, I feel like not enough of us actually spend time exploring our own countries.
I have a lack of incoming money at the moment (read my life update if you want to know why…). This is why I’ve decided to keep it really local and head for a long walk around one of my favourite towns, Stamford in Lincolnshire.
Simply strolling around Stamford will open your eyes to how incredibly beautiful it is. For example, you’ll see an array of stonework around every corner, it’s a tough job to find a modern brick in the old town.
Did you know? Stamford was dubbed by The Sunday Times as “Britain’s top place to live” in 2013 and I’m not overly surprised.
Also, It’s been a favourite for film and TV producers over the years as many scenes have been shot in the rural town including The Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice in 2005.
With a bustling market every Friday, a good nightlife with a variety of cocktail bars and quality restaurants, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for a staycation in the UK.
Walking along the high street you’ll see many recognised retailers including New Look, Boots and The White Company. However, you’ll also discover many independent retailers; from fine jewellers and designer boutiques to vintage books shops and homeware stores, there’s definitely something for everyone.
One thing I would recommend, is heading down the narrow alleyways to discover even more, you will not be disappointed!
Looking for good food? There’s lot’s to chose from! Stamford is home to an array of eateries including Cloisters, a beautiful bistro in the town centre; The Mad Turk, a favourite for the locals. If you’re feeling fancy, head to The George of Stamford. Very well known for their afternoon tea, The George is one of England’s greatest coaching inns. Tuck into a meal in the Oak Room Restaurant or chill in the courtyard or one of the many bars or lounges, you’ll be surrounded by the rich heritage that’s for sure.
No visit to Stamford, Lincolnshire would be complete without a visit Burghley House. Every time, I am stunned but this great Elizabethan house that was built by William Cecil, Lord Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I between 1555 and 1587. It’s a short walk from the town centre, and there’s always something going on. Why not take a tour of the house and gardens? After that, there’s The Courtyard Shop & Garden Shop that are open daily, and there’s even the Orangery Restaurant for when you need to take five. Plus, Burghley is home to many yearly events including Burghley Horse Trails, so if that more your thing, make sure to visit in September.
I genuinely loved walking around Stamford, just myself and my camera for the day. And wow, what I day I picked. I hope you enjoy my pictures and get to visit Stamford soon!
Have you explored anywhere near home recently? I’d love to hear about it. I’m constantly on the lookout for more places in the UK to explore. Do drop me a comment below if you have any suggestions!
Until next time,