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Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall



01246 850430


Hardwick Hall,
Doe Lea,
S44 5QJ


Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been shaped by a cast of thousands.

400 years ago a princess lay dying in the Tower of London, recalling her childhood in north Derbyshire and reflecting on a life that could have been so different. Visit Hardwick in 2015 and you will be able to explore the life and times of Lady Arbella Stuart, the granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick and niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the very Hall where she spent much of her young adulthood, and debate the question of whether Hardwick was a palace or a prison for Arbella – the lost queen.

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Disabled toilets available in main car park and at Park Centre

Opening details

The garden, park, shop and restaurant are open daily 9.00am to 6.00pm.
Hall open Bank Holiday Mondays (April to August 2015, 12 noon-4.30 pm)
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


Prices for 2015
Gift aid admission (standard admission prices in brackets)
Adults £14.60 (£12.60), Children £7.30 (£6.30), Family £36.50 (£31.50)

Car park £3.00 per car



See location of Hardwick Estate on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 467646  Lat: 53.17654 Long: -1.30214

Hardwick Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorway

From North/South
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.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 2nd exit at roundabout (A6175), then follow route from North/South.

From West
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


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Disabled toilets available in main car park and at Park Centre

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