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Weekdays Monday to Thursday tend to be less busy in town.

Friday is market day with stalls in Broad Street & High Street. Saturday also sees a market in High Street and in Red Lion Square. These two days attract a lot of visitors to the town.

Sunday is busy around midday to mid-afternoon.

If there's an event on in town, or at busy times like Christmas, ensure

some forward-planning to make the most of your visit!


The best days to visit and where to park your car

Stamford is an ancient town of narrow streets and lanes so town centre parking is limited or short stay. However, there are many car parks in short walking distance, & mostly on the flat...see below


Car parks bordering the main shopping centre include:

North Street, small, short & long stay

Wharf Road, larger long stay

Bath Row, large short and long stay

Cattle Market Station Road, largest long stay

Scotgate, small, short stay

St. Leonard's St, small, short stay

Street parking includes:

Broad St: restricted to one hour but ideal for pick-up (no Friday access)

Bath Row: parts of this car parking area

are free

Recreation Ground Road: 2 hrs restriction

Accessible parking: in most car parks.


It is a good idea to bring coins in addition to your bank/credit card, and have access to a car park app on your phone

as sites vary.

Stamford in the Spring!
Watch this space!

The finest stone town in England

It was Sir Walter Scott who gave Stamford the title of

"The finest stone town in England", and John Betjeman "the most attractive in England". Many would agree!

In 2019 and 2021 Stamford made one of The Sunday Times' 

top 10 places to reside. The town was recently voted as having one of the best High Streets in England.


It is worth noting that Stamford, probably derives its name from the local "stone ford" or river, and is one of England's medieval walled towns. Although the wall exists only in places, and the town has expanded greatly beyond its original boundaries, ancient maps show the existence of a walled enclosure with postern

and toll gates.


Click the arrow to the right 

Medieval Roots

A filming heaven

Stamford was the first town in the British Isles to become a Conservation Town and this was in 1967. The subject of many short films and documentaries was that its main thoroughfare, the Old Great North Road, was replaced by the A1 bypass, easing the traffic flow through the town.  There are some delightful old photos showing the old road through the town with its traffic jams and street parking. See professional and amateur images at

The Stamford Visitor Centre.


Stamford has been the choice of film-makers through the years due to its varied historical architecture. The BBC's "Middlemarch" and the film, "Pride and Prejudice", saw the town turned into a film-set for weeks at a time. Roads were covered, TV aerials removed and wooden frontages added to buildings.


Film crews and artistes took up residence locally and could be seen each day around the catering and make-up vans on ground close to St. George's Church. Actors rubbed shoulders with residents, shopped in the shops and sat out on the street film sets waiting for "takes". The stage coach and 4 was a regular sight driving through

Red Lion Square!  

With its history of famous residents, its architecture and history, and legacy of being a back-drop for TV and film, Stamford is, indeed, a very special town to visit!


"Rock on the Rec", and the
"Stamford Diversity Festival" are held in
July and August respectively. 
Contact the Stamford Visitor Centre for full details.

Stamford's Famous People
& Blue Plaques

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