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Hardwick Hall

Type:Historic House

Doe Lea
S44 5QJ
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Hardwick Hall and Gardens


Welcome 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.

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 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.

Stainsby Mill

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.

Hardwick Park

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

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£16.50 per adult
Child£8.25 per child
Family (2 + 3)£41.25 per family
One Adult Family (1 + 3)£24.75 per family

Garden only until 14 February 2020 (prices change on 15 February 2020)
Adult - £7.50
Child - £3.50
Family - £18.50

Gift aid prices available

Car park £5.00 per vehicle
Car park at the Ponds £4.00 per vehicle



  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (1 Apr 2021 - 1 Nov 2021)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 17:00
Season (25 Nov 2021 - 20 Dec 2021)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 15:00
Season (15 Feb 2022 - 29 Mar 2022)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00



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    Recent Reviews:

    • U9056IIingridr
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      No changes to the experience needed here!!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 27th July 2021
      First visit here- a personalised welcome from the ticket office staff. Brilliantly informed room guides. Would not normally write a Trip Advisor review for a NT property, but they’ve really got it... Read full review
    • S1965TImartinr
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 27th July 2021
      just what is happening at hardwick ,if not a member and you just want a coffee or something to eat you have to pay 16pounds each just to visit the cafe turning folks away who want to buy coffee and... Read full review
    • lizandianp
      Not only an interesting house but wonderful woodland walks and formal gardens,
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 30th July 2021
      I was a little disappinted in the house as almost every inch of wall was covered in tapestry which made it very dark. The major rooms are upstairs. (66 steps) but are well worth seeing. .Look at... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Hardwick Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorwayFrom North/SouthLeave 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.From EastFollow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 2nd exit at roundabout (A6175), then follow route from North/South.From WestFollow 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.

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