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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.

Meet the Hardwick Masons

There have been stone masons at Hardwick since Bess’ time. © NThardwick

Meet the Hardwick masons and discover the skills and knowledge that go into looking after a building like Hardwick. Discover the continuous connection between the Master Mason who built Hardwick and the generations of craftsmen who have cared for his creation.

No need to book, just come along. 13 March, 22 April, 20 May

Discover Hardwick from the inside out

The towers are the first thing you see as you climb the hill. © NTPL/John Millar

Discover more about the creation of Hardwick this year with tours and talks looking at the craftsmanship and skill of the men who built Hardwick and the wealth and power of the woman who made the creation her own.

Find out more information from the Visitor Centre.

Get exploring at Hardwick this Easter

Come and have an adventure in the Midlands this spring

What better way to enjoy the spring than donning your wellies and exploring the park and gardens at Hardwick this Easter. Join us for Cadbury's Easter Egg trails from 18 - 21 April for lots of family fun.

Try out our new woodland adventure trail or enjoy the stories of the men who built Hardwick in the House.




What's on at Hardwick in 2014

There is so much going on at Hardwick this spring. Fancy going off the beaten track in the house and seeing rooms not normally on the visitor route?

Join us on the next Behind the Scenes tour on 13 May, booking required.

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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.