New guides launched at stately grand home

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

VIS­I­TORS plan­ning to take a tour of Burgh­ley House this sum­mer will ben­e­fit from new au­dio guides giv­ing a fresh per­spec­tive on the stately home near Stam­ford.

The new guides fea­ture in­sights from restora­tion ex­perts and house di­rec­tor Mi­randa Rock, a di­rect de­scen­dant of the first Lord Burgh­ley, Wil­liam Ce­cil. They also con­tain quirky facts about the house’s bil­lard ta­ble made from a sunken war­ship, its col­lec­tion of tur­tle skulls and even Sec­ond World War Nazi air­force boss Her­mann Go­er­ing’s pas­sion for the house’s art.

The guides also out­line how the western world’s great­est in­ven­to­ried col­lec­tion of early Ja­panese porce­lain was dis­cov­ered hid­den away in cor­ri­dors and se­cret cupboards.

The guides cost an ad­di­tional £2.50 per per­son and pro­vide a run­ning com­men­tary tak­ing vis­i­tors from room to room.

Burgh­ley’s ex­pert room guides are also still avail­able through­out the house for those not us­ing the au­dio guides. The house is open un­til Oc­to­ber 31, daily ex­cept Fri­days, from 11am to 4.30pm. Visit www.burgh­ or call 01780 752451.

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