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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 late 1500s, but it was Robert Symthson who designed this magnificent house. The new Hall was designed deliberately to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and pushed the boundaries of architectural design.

In 2014, we mark the 400th anniversary of Robert Smythson with a series of celebrations, including pop up workshops, tours and talks, where you will discover what influenced Smythson's work and the story behind the stone.

Explore Smythson's fascination for symmetry and ingenious planning with themed events from 'have a go' stone carving  and a parkland sculpture trail, to an outdoor exhibition of new contemporary artworks, presented by Meadow Arts and inspired by The Men who built Hardwick'.

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.

What's on at Hardwick this autumn

Get behind the scenes at Hardwick this autumn on the exclusive guided tours. Or visit Hardwick at night for our deadly murder mystery and spooky Halloween gardens.


Building Site, art at Hardwick

Hardwick Blue Hammer in Gardens

Discover a new side to Hardwick with this summer's contemporary art exhibition. It takes a playful look at both the awe-inspiring architecture and the compelling story of Hardwick’s creation.

 From 11 June to 16 November 2014, including works by Fiona Banner, Michael Craig- Martin and Gavin Turk.


Changing autumn colours

Dragonflies are a regular sight here in summer © National Trust/ Jo Rawson

Autumn is the season to crunch through the leaves and enjoy the blaze of colours and changing light that unfolds at Hardwick. Stroll through the woods and meadows or wander round the house in the shifting light.



Half term halloween fun

Half term fun at Hardwick © NTPL/national trust

As the nights draw in at half term there is lots of fun to be had at Hardwick. From crafty activities throughout the week to a very spooky halloween night in the Hardwick gardens....join us if you dare!


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Hardwick's weather

We're Mumsnet approved

Mumsnet have given us their seal of approval with their Mumsnet Family Friendly Gold Award. It means you'll find all the facilities you need when you visit with the kids.