Hardwick Hall at Hardwick Estate
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 late 1500s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.
Explore and enjoy Hardwick and, in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick. See some of the cast of characters who helped create Hardwick brought to life on one of our costume days. Take a look at the ‘Threads of Time’ exhibition in the house and learn more about the unique tapestries and fascinating needlework housed at Hardwick.
Kids will love exploring the outdoors at Hardwick with a park and garden tracker pack, or learning about the history of the Hall by getting hands on with quizzes, puzzles and dressing up boxes.
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 (click the link below).
Prices for 2013
Gift aid admission (Standard admission prices in brackets)
Adults £12.00 (£10.90), Children £6.00 (£5.45), Family £30.00 (£27.25)
Car park £2.00 per car
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Sat 16 Feb 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Wed - Sun 12:00 to 16:30|
|Wed 4 - Sun 15 Dec 2013||Wed - Sun 11:00 to 15:00|
|Notes||Hall open Bank Holiday Mondays (April to August 2013, 12 noon-4.30 pm)
Hall and gardens may close early if weather is bad during winter
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
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Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ
Map reference: SK 467646 Lat: 53.17654 Long: -1.30214
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.
Parking : with charge
Nearest station : 8 miles (12.9 kms) from Chesterfield station
Disabled toilets available in main car park and at Park Centre
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Events at this venue
|Sat 6 Jul 2013||Murder Mystery|
|Fri 12, Sat 13 Jul 2013||Stone Carving Day|
|Mon 15 Jul 2013||Secrets of Hardwick - Five|
|Fri 30 Aug 2013||QUAD Outdoor Cinema Screenings-Skyfall|
|Sat 31 Aug 2013||QUAD Outdoor Cinema Screenings-Grease|
|Tue 17 Sep 2013||Bess' Court|
|Mon 14 Oct 2013||Secrets of Hardwick - Six|
|Tue 26 Nov 2013||Secrets of Hardwick - Seven|