A previous winner of Britain's Top Place to Live - in the Sunday Times newspaper, 2013 - this town has a lovely blend of history, shopping and architecture.
Captivating charm for all...
One of the finest stone towns in England, according to Sir Walter Scott, Stamford offers a quaintness and charm befitting of a day's venture.
A bustling Friday market is just one way you can join fellow eager shoppers in the area, but there are also a variety of specialised vendors with many independent retailers and recognised high street names too.
The town is home to many well-enjoyed coffee shops and eateries, some hidden down the quaint alleyways which make up Stamford.
Over the years, Stamford's beauty has seen it become a popular shooting location for television and movies. From Pride & Prejudice to The Da Vinci Code and even The Crown - you might have seen this town without ever having known it.
Outside the town there is still much on offer. The splendour of Burghley House, an Italian-influenced Tudor-era mansion, is a breath-taking sight to behold. The historic parkland is a joyous walk and you're likely to spot wildlife which resides here in its grounds.
Rutland Water is only a quarter of an hour's drive from Stamford and is known as "the playground of the East Midlands". With its 3,100 acres of countryside and reservoirs, it's a fantastic extra on part of your day out.