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An Elizabethan masterpiece
Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created 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.
In 2015, Hardwick will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Lady 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 Queen 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 more about Arbella in the Hall and explore whether you think Hardwick was built as a palace fit for a Queen or a prison for a forgotten princess.
Hardwick offers visitors a year round experience, from colourful herbaceous borders and prize winning vegetables that are used in the restaurant to the picturesque circular parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities.
October half term at Hardwick
Come and join us for some half term fun , with our daily crafts and trails. Take part in conkers competitions, blindfold barefoot walks and sensory boxes.
You can have a go at various crafts; scary stickmen, ghost puppets, scary mobiles and cool bat pegs.
There will be a small charge for some activities.
Normal admission charges apply.
Hardwick's forgotten princess - Arbella
Discover the life of Arbella Stuart, granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick. A life full of royal promise that ended in the Tower of London.
Christmas at Hardwick
Create some wonderful new memories with Hardwick as the backdrop to your day out this season.Hardwick is the "Perfect Gift" this year; discover the gifts from Hardwick's past in the Hall and Gardens. Families can enjoy a festive trail round the house and can get hands on with crafts in Below Stairs and the South Gazebo.
Sat 28 Nov to 20 Dec, The hall is open Wed to Sun, 10.30am until 3.30pm.
Christmas behind the scenes 2015
There are some great ways to discover Hardwick this summer. You can go off the beaten track with our House and Collections team as well as getting a sneak preview of the Hardwick Christmas on our Exclusive Behind the Scenes tour on November 24.