Burghley House was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, who was the Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. The house is a prime example of the Elizabethan prodigy house, and it was built by and still lived in by the Cecil family.
The house also is a fine example of the Elizabethan stonemasonry and elegant architecture of the period. It reflects the prominence and wealth of the House’s founder, along with the vibrant wool trade that supported the Cecil estates. Inside, it has a large suite of rooms which have been decorated in the baroque style, featuring carvings by Grinling Gibbons. The house contains 35 major rooms and there are over 80 smaller rooms and prominent hallways, corridors and general service areas.
Outside, the house sits among a vast array of 2000 acres of beautiful parkland, open to the public all year ground. These grounds are notable for hosting many prominent events, including the internationally renowned Burghley Horse Trails in September.