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Burghley, Barnsdale Gardens & Rutland Water Cruise

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRO8905

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

Burghley, Barnsdale Gardens & Rutland Water Cruise | Crosskeys Short Breaks

On this delightful Lincolnshire tour, enjoy a visit to Burghley House with its historical art collections, early tapestries and impressive Japanese ceramics; Peterborough Cathedral steeped in rich heritage and a fascinating history. Discover Geoff Hamilton’s famous TV garden at Barnsdale Gardens, and take a relaxing cruise on Rutland Water.


  • 3 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Entrance to Burghley House
  • Guided tour of Peterborough Cathedral
  • Circular cruise on Rutland Water
  • Entrance to Barnsdale Gardens
  • Visit to Stamford
PRICE FROM ? £390 per person
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Day 1: We make our way to Lincolnshire and our hotel arriving in plenty of time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day 2: This morning we enjoy a visit to Burghley House, described as England’s greatest Elizabethan house. Burghley is perhaps best-known for its historical collections of important works of art, early tapestries, impressive Japanese ceramics and sculptures. After your visit to the house, explore the grounds and visit the unusual Garden of Surprises and the Contemporary Sculpture Garden.

This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of Peterborough Cathedral. Peterborough Cathedral is one of the finest Norman cathedrals in England. Founded as a monastic community in 654 AD, it became one of the most significant medieval abbeys in the country, the burial place of two queens and the scene of Civil War upheavals.

Day 3: After breakfast we travel to Rutland Water for our cruise. This 45-minute cruise makes an additional 30-minute stop-off on the south shore to explore the building that was saved from the waves and became the landmark of the reservoir. We then make our way to the traditional English market town of Oakham for a lunch stop. Boasting a rich history dating back over a thousand yearsOakham is the county town of Rutland, the smallest county in the UK. The town is full of little independent shops and boutiques as well as a good selection of places eat.

In the afternoon we visit Barnsdale Gardens, made famous by gardener Geoff Hamilton and the BBC programme Gardeners’ World which started filming from the site in 1983. There are 30 individual gardens over an 8-acre site with an inspiring range of garden styles and planting schemes. Each garden offers practical concepts for visitors to use at home.

Day 4: Before heading for home we make the short journey to Stamford, widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. The pretty facades of the town are favourites with film and television producers – Stamford was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film and has also appeared in Middlemarch, The Da Vinci Code and the Golden Bowl. Stamford’s narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards are home to a variety of speciality shops, fine jewellers and designer boutiques, whilst the High Street has a great choice of independent and recognised retailers.

When it’s time to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice, as the town has a reputation for good food. Head to a cosy cafe and watch the world go by over the rim of your tea cup, or enjoy the surroundings of the many traditional inns serving home cooked fayre. We will begin our journey home in the early afternoon.

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Holiday Inn Peterborough West

The Holiday Inn Peterborough West stands opposite an 18-hole golf course and is surrounded by 500 acres of parkland. This modern hotel has a gym, a spa and an indoor pool. There is also a sauna, hot tub and steam room.

The en suite bedrooms are air-conditioned with satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities. The refurbished bar and restaurant offers fine dining in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The hotel does have a lift.

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