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Hardwick Hall

Type:Historic House

Doe Lea
S44 5QJ
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Hardwick Hall


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 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 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.

Don't miss the gardens, including the herb garden and the orchard. And see if you can find the wineglass!

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. Disused estate buildings were given a facelift and are now home to shops and a restaurant. There’s also a car park 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.

Guide Prices

House and Garden
Adult - £13.95
Child - £7.00
Family - £34.90
Group Adult - £13.25

Old and New Hall (Includes entry to Hardwick Hall and Gardens as well as entry to Hardwick Old Hall)
Adult - £19.75
Child - £13.10
Family - £52.60

Car park £4.00 per car


  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS VistEngland VAQAS 2016
  • Other AwardsNational Trust National Trust 2016


Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


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

Property Facilities

  • 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

Opening Times

Season (24 Mar 2018 - 4 Nov 2018)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 17:00
Season (24 Nov 2018 - 24 Dec 2018)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 15:00

* Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 (Matalan) 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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 6 miles away

No buses to the Hall, nearest bus stop Young Vanish (approx 2 mile walk to Hall) served by Pronto bus, two per hour from Chesterfield town centre.

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Hardwick Old Hall, ChesterfieldThis large ruined house was completed in 1591 and was one of the greatest Elizabethan mansions of its time. The owner, Bess of Hardwick, built this stately home on the foundations of an earlier building owned by the Hardwick family.

Saturday, 12th May 2018 - Saturday, 12th May 2018

Mucky Hands and Muddy BootsCome and explore spring in action, using all your senses. Hunt for mini-beasts, see what colours are around, and test your sense of balance on our natural play trail. Why not visit our Stableyard facilities for refreshments after the walk?
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Saturday, 5th May 2018 - Monday, 7th May 2018

The Great British Food FestivalThe recipe for a great weekend with over 80 top local producers,lots of stunning hot food, real ale and wine bars, add a dash of craft and gift stalls,with lashings of excellent live music and mix together to make a lovely foodie family day out.
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Thursday, 29th March 2018 - Thursday, 29th March 2018

Wednesday, 4th April 2018 - Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Wednesday, 30th May 2018 - Wednesday, 30th May 2018

What's a Ranger?During the school holidays, come and learn what being a Hardwick Ranger actually means, could you be a future ranger? A fun activity for families to identify trees, sit in the estate vehicles and guess which tools carry out the tasks in the park.
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Friday, 30th March 2018 - Monday, 2nd April 2018

Cadbury Easter Egg HuntThis year Hardwick's Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is being designed by families, for families and it's all about nature. Come and join us, pick up your trail for either the garden or Lady Spencer's Walk and when you've finished you'll be rewarded with a chocolate treat.
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Saturday, 12th May 2018 - Saturday, 12th May 2018

Thursday, 17th May 2018 - Thursday, 17th May 2018

Sunday, 20th May 2018 - Sunday, 20th May 2018

Try Nordic Walking - Hardwick InnNordic Walking is a safe, fun and sociable way to improve your fitness! Why not have a go whilst enjoying the Chesterfield countryside. Nordic walking is suitable for all ages and poles are available. Join us for a natter in the Hardwick Inn afterwards.
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