Getting to Stamford: An Insider's Guide to the Best Travel Options

Getting to Stamford: An Insider's Guide to the Best Travel Options

We are fortunate here in Stamford, our little slice of Georgian history, to be tucked away in a quiet rural spot between four counties, yet close to some of the country's major rail and road networks. This means visiting us is incredibly easy! Most of the town falls within South Lincolnshire, with Rutland, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire as its immediate neighbours. The cities of Peterborough and Leicester are within easy reach, both offering a wide range of retail, entertainment, and dining experiences. All in all, visiting us couldn't be easier!

Here how…

By Car

Stamford is situated just off the A1 between Grantham to the north and Peterborough to the south. Heading to us by road is super simple. We are a busy little town but parking is plentiful and the walk around town to get where you need to go is easy. There are free car parks for patrons using both The George Hotel and The William Cecil, and several on-street options around town for free parking of less than two hours. (St Leonard’s Street, Brazenose Lane and Recreation Ground Road) Broad Street in the very centre of the town also offers free parking for one hour. Handy for running quick errands or nipping out for a stress-free coffee!

To the East, heading out of Stamford via the A1175 and the village of Uffington, the town of Spalding is easily reached, along with the A15 north to Lincoln and Peterborough to the South. 

Several taxi companies cover the local area. Ace Cabs, Skyline Taxis and Premier Cabs are all great small firms that will take you around town and out to neighbouring villages. Firm favourite Peterborough Cars also covers Stamford and the surrounding area. If private hire is more what you’re after - whether it’s business or leisure, Stamford Elite Transfers is the company for you. They offer a discreet, luxury service for business travellers, group travel for events and planned airport transfers. Getting about couldn't be easier!

By Rail

Stamford has it’s own train station within walking distance of the town centre, close to the George Hotel and main shopping streets. You can get a direct train to Stamford from Leicester Birmingham, Cambridge, Peterborough and Stansted Airport. Heading up from London? Direct trains from Kings Cross reach Peterborough in around 50 minutes and with one change here you can be in Stamford in around 10 minutes. Trains from Peterborough to Stamford run every hour. If you have a long connection, the Queensgate shopping centre in the city is next to the train station with plenty of coffee spots and high street shopping options available for you! I’d highly recommend a quick pit stop at Peterborough Cathedral too as it’s one of the finest in the country! 

By Bus

Stamford’s town bus station is close to the centre, a five-minute walk from the main high street. The main provider is Delaine offering services covering the town centre, residential streets across town and a service heading out of town to Bourne, Market Deeping and Peterborough. If you’re heading into Stamford by public transport, the local bus service is a convenient way to travel, boosting your eco credentials at the same time!

River Welland

Walking / Cycling

The town itself is the perfect place to experience on foot. It is a relatively small town with everything you’d need - doctors, shops, a library, places to eat & drink, theatres, and supermarkets all accessible on foot. Once you’re in town, you really don't need to rely on a car to get you from place to place. It also happens to be one of the finest stone towns in England so walking the beautiful streets is something not to be missed. Take a stroll along St Martins, past The George and the old Stamford High School site (now Stamford Endowed Schools sixth form building), passing the Antiques Centre and the town bridge over the river Welland. Head to Bath Row car park and you’ll find the enchanting Kingsmill Lane and Austin Street hidden just behind. If you are interested in the history of Stamford and its beautiful architecture, these hidden gems are not to be missed. 

Are bicycles more your thing? There are many wonderful rural walking and cycling routes in the area which can be enjoyed solely for pleasure, although Stamford is very accessible by cycle from neighbouring villages if this is your preferred mode of transport. Will Hetherington, a Stamford local and walking enthusiast has published a fantastic resource called Will’’s Wallks sharing many great circular walking routes around Stamford & Rutland. He includes difficult ratings, distances, parking information and the highlights of each route. If you are staying in town or one of the beautiful local villages for your staycation, one of these walks may just be the perfect option for a stroll into town!