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Hardwick Hall

Type:Historic House

Hardwick
Doe Lea
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S44 5QJ
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Hardwick Hall

About

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 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

Garden only
Adult - £7.00
Child - £3.54
Family - £17.50

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

Gift aid prices available

Car park £4.00 per car

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Languages

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

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (24 Nov 2018 - 24 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 15:00
Season (23 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)
DayTimes

* Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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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