For four nights only, the historic home, bathed in floodlight, will re-open at twilight after day visitors have left, making way for a special evening of music, merriment and atmospheric lighting.

Great houses like Burghley, on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, were designed for entertaining, and since being built by William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s most trusted adviser, Burghley has hosted sparkling evenings of entertainment from supper parties to balls.

Once again this October visitors can experience their very own grand night out in stately surroundings as ‘Burghley at Twilight’ returns, 2-5 October, when the floodlit building lights up the night sky and the state rooms are transformed by soft, atmospheric lighting.

And this year, there will also be the chance to make a night of this special evening, with an overnight stay at the William Cecil hotel in Stamford, just a stroll away through the parkland within the magnificent Burghley Estate.

Those with tickets for ‘Burghley at Twilight’ can take advantage of a special offer that gives guests 10% off their bed & breakfast booking. For full details, visit Burghley’s website.

Burghley will re-open from 6-8pm each evening during the twilight event, a rare chance to wander the state rooms after dark. Visitors can enjoy a glass of prosecco in the Old Kitchen before exploring the grand house while listening to period music, ranging from classical organ and violin pieces; to Elizabethan minstrel Dante Ferrara serenading guests.

‘Burghley at Twilight’ tickets cost £22 per person in advance, or £24.50 on the door. The Orangery Restaurant will open to serve supper, which must be pre-booked, while the Burghley shop will also open especially for the event.

For full details and to book online tickets, visit or telephone 01780 752451.