An image of Hardwick Hall

The Bess Connection Itinerary

Image of Bolsover Castle

10am Bolsover Castle

Built by Bess of Hardwick’s son Charles and finished by her grandson William, this 17th Century mansion looks like a fairytale castle. Visit the Little Keep, complete with its furnishings and decoration, and explore what’s left of the state rooms with a multimedia guide.


Limited coach parking – call property to book


For groups of 11 or more – 15% discount on adult, concession and child prices, free entry for one tour leader, free entry for one coach driver

Guided tour of site available (telephone for details)


Visit Bolsover Castle website Tel: 01246 822822

Visit English Heritage groups website Tel: 020 7973 3529

Lunch Suggestions

  • Lunch in the Visitor Centre at Bolsover Castle
  • Call at Chesterfield en route to Hardwick and let your passengers have lunch in one of our many cafes (call the Visitor Information Centre to arrange a meet and greet at Chesterfield Coach Station where we will give your group Mini Guides with a map and a list of places to eat in the town centre).
  • Lunch in the Great Barn Restaurant at Hardwick

Image of Hardwick Hall

1pm Hardwick Hall

A stunning mansion built by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, known locally as Bess of Hardwick. At first sight you understand the rhyme ‘Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall’ - the Hall is a testament to the Elizabethan fascination with symmetry and glass.


Free coach parking

Groups of 15 - 5% discount

Special interest and private tours available


Visit Hardwick Hall website Tel:01246 850431

You are accepting third-party cookies. powered by NVG