AboutWelcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been shaped by a cast of thousands.
It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who first created Hardwick in the 1500’s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation. We’d like you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.
This year take a closer look at the life of Duchess Evelyn, the 'Last Lady of Hardwick'. Her newly restored bedroom completes the family rooms on the middle floor. You can discover more about the life of a duchess, her pioneering conservation work and the dramatic changes she made to the east view landscape, in the East Court Rose Garden.
Find out about Arbella Stuart, the granddaughter of 'Bess of Hardwick' and niece to Mary Queen of Scots. She had a strong royal lineage and a realistic claim to the throne after Elizabeth I died. Educated and raised as a princess, but whose desperate attempts to seek freedom ended with her being imprisoned in the Tower of London. Discover about Arbella in the Hall and explore whether you think Hardwick was built as a palace fit for a queen or as a prison for a princess.
The Hardwick Estate is open every day, for countryside walks with picturesque views, woodland family play trails, locally sourced gifts in the shop and delicious seasonal menus in the restaurant.
Entry now is through the Stableyard Reception, completed last year. Disused estate buildings have been given a facelift and are now home to new shops and a restaurant. There’s also a new entrance route and car park and all this is open to visitors seven days a week, 364 days a year.
The Stableyard buildings were developed over 400 years and provide an intriguing insight into the way Hardwick has been run and managed by the Dukes of Devonshire since the death of Bess of Hardwick. You can find out more about the past, present and future of the Stableyard by visiting our website.
The Mill is owned by the National Trust. Discover for yourself the workplace of a 19th Century miller. A mill has stood on this site since the 13th Century, providing flour for the local villages and, later, for the Hardwick Estate.
Explore more than 300 acres of historic parkland around Hardwick Hall with ancient woodlands and wildlife-rich fishing lakes.
Hardwick Stone Centre
Learn about the traditional craft of stonemasonry, which is still practised at Hardwick.
Hardwick Hall Gardens
Enjoy the glorious gardens at Hardwick. Walled courtyards enclose a fragrant herb garden, pretty orchards and a spectacular south border of herbaceous plants. Can you spot the Harry Potter connection and follow the Magical Time Trail?
Disabled toilets available in main car park and at Park Centre
Prices for 2016
Gift aid admission (standard admission prices in brackets)
House and Garden
Adult £14.60 (£13.10)
Child £7.30 (£6.55)
Family £36.50 (£32.75)
Group all tickets £12.70
Joint Hall (Includes entry to Hardwick Hall and Gardens as well as Hardwick Old Hall which is managed by English Heritage)
Christmas House and Garden
Adult £12.10 (£11.00)
Child £6.05 (£5.50)
Family £30.25 (£27.50)
Group Adult £9.35
Car park £3.00 per car
- Visit England VistEngland VAQAS 2016
- Other Awards National Trust 2016
- National Trust Property
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
- French signs/guides
- German signs/guides
- Spanish signs/guides
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Parking with charge
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Disabled toilets
- Wheelchairs available
* The hall is closed Easter Monday but is open as normal on Bank Holiday Mondays May - August
Hall and gardens may close early if weather is bad during winter
Reduced number of rooms visible during Christmas opening
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Map & Directions
Hardwick Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorway
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take first turning on left (following brown signs for Hardwick Hall). Follow road for approx 1 mile and turn left passing underneath M1 motorway. Follow road past Stainsby Mill and turn right onto Hardwick Estate. Follow brown signs to car park.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 2nd exit at roundabout (A6175), then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select right lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Stay on A617 to M1 motorway junction (approx 4 miles) and, at roundabout select right lane and take 5th exit (A6175, signposted Clay Cross). Then follow route from North/South.
The nearest railway station is Chesterfield, which is 8 miles away.