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Hardwick Hall

Type:Historic House

Doe Lea
S44 5QJ
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Hardwick Hall from the Gardens


Home to one of the most influential women in the Elizabethan realm, Hardwick Hall is the culmination of the personality and ambition of its builder and patron Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, known as Bess of Hardwick. Connect with the Elizabethan world in which she lived, of global discovery and political change.

Positioned high on an escarpment dominating the skyline of Derbyshire, Hardwick Hall is a rare 16th-century survival. Built and resourced from the estate by local people.

Near original interiors allow us a glimpse into this exceptional moment in English design. They hold an internationally significant collection of 16th-century textiles, furniture, and portraits reflecting the quality of craftsmanship, cultural mix, and complex relationships of the Elizabethan age. Walk through her spaces and experience her world.

Take a break and enjoy a treat from the restaurant including hot and cold drinks, seasonal main meals, light snacks, freshly baked cakes and scones or scoop ice-cream for those warmer days. Visit the shop for some well-loved favourites and classic souvenir items, as well as seasonal and locally sourced products.

The Gardens
Enjoy the glorious gardens at Hardwick, discover the fragrant herb garden, ornamental and fruiting orchards and a spectacular border of herbaceous plants. Or take a moment and relax in these wonderful surroundings.

Hardwick Parkland 
Talk a walk in the historic grade I listed landscape. Follow way-marked walks and paths to discover woodland pasture, maintained by our living lawnmowers (cattle and sheep). Take a simple stroll along Lady Spencer’s woodland or look for wildlife around the ponds in the Lower Park.

Stainsby Mill 
An atmospheric gem on the Hardwick Estate. Watch the Victorian watermill turn and see the cogs and machinery grind the flour. Join one of our pre-booked experiences and explore this unique industrial building.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£16.00 per adult
Child£8.00 per child
Family (1 adult, 2 children)£24.00 per family
Family (2 adults, 2 children)£40.00 per family

The prices above are standard prices but gift aid prices are also available.



  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired - Induction Loops
  • Wheelchairs available - Buggy Service from visitor reception to House / Garden Wheelchairs available to use and mobility tramper available (limited) Wheelchair access to the ground floor

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 - Main car park – parking charge is included with admission ticket Lower car park, hourly rates apply

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs (on leads) are welcome in the stableyard area including shop, restaurant (Reynolds Room) and toilets, and the wider estate. Assistance dogs only in the Hall and gardens.
  • Gift shop - Gift shop and second-hand bookshop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (18 Feb 2023 - 30 Nov 2023)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 15:30

* The Garden and Restaurant are open 9am to 6pm
The House is closed on Tuesday 18 July 2023



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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      Hardwick 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 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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