WELCOME TO STAMFORD!
BEST DAYS TO VISIT & WHERE TO PARK YOUR CAR:
Generally, weekdays Monday to Thursday tend to be less busy in town.
Friday is market day with stalls taking up two of the main streets. Saturday also sees a market in the Square
and in High Street.
Sundays can be busy around midday to mid-afternoon. Other events having some effect on town centre parking include the mid-lent fair in March, Remembrance day parade and Christmas market, all in Broad Street.
There are lots of car parks bordering the main shopping centres including:
North Street short & long stay
Wharf Road, larger long stay
Bath Row, larger short and long stay
Cattle Market Station Road, larger long stay
Street parking includes:
Broad St, restricted due to certain events (see above) but ideal for pick-up
Scotgate, smaller short stay
St. Leonard's St, small, short stay
Most car parks accommodate accessible parking. 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.
You can drive along the High Street precinct before 10am and after 4pm, ideal for collecting items
from the shops
Bus and train stations are within a short walk of the main town centre
STAMFORD VISITOR CENTRE
Tourist information and Community hub
is now open at:
THE CORN EXCHANGE THEATRE
on BROAD STREET
Wednesdays - Fridays- Saturdays
10.30am to 3.30pm
Stamford at Christmas is great fun! Just arrive early and enjoy the atmosphere. See our Christmas page for photos right here
About 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 taking its name from the local "stone ford" or river, 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.
Situated in the South of Lincolnshire, on the edge of Rutland, Stamford has the River Welland and lush green meadows at its heart. Over the years, it has had a castle, and no less than 14 churches, 7 being the largest number at any one time, with numerous other religious institutions in addition. Add to this at least 64 hostelries, all existing during the same time, a market and fairs charter, and a once vast wool-growing industry, it has certainly been a thriving community through the ages.
Stamford became a Conservation Town in 1967, and its main thoroughfare, the Old Great North Road, was replaced by the A1 bypass, easing the traffic flow through the town. While there are now fewer churches and inns, there is still a delightful mix of surviving medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings, the meadows and river. With its history of famous residents,
and the legacy of being a film-set for TV and film, Stamford is, indeed, a very special town