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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. 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 want you to enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.
Whether you are a dog walker looking for a stunning parkland to explore, a family group looking somewhere the kids can runs off some steam or you want to marvel at our world famous tapestry collections Hardwick has something to offer everyone.
Throughout November the Hall is closed while the conservation team are hard at work making the House ready for Christmas.
The Hall and Gardens open for Christmas on Wednesday 4 December with a House decorated for a traditional family Christmas. Visitors can discover the winter borders in the gardens and indulge in traditional festive treat in the restaurant as well as picking up gifts in the stables shop.
Pick up your Christmas tree at Hardwick too from 1 December.
Rekindle the magic.
Winter family fun at Hardwick
Wrap up warm, bring out the wellies and explore Hardwick this winter. Try out some 50 things to do before you're 11¾ in the park or discover the fairies in the garden.
Christmas at Hardwick
Enjoy a festive family Christmas at Hardwick with traditional decorations and kids' activities in the house and gardens. Pick up some great gifts in the shop and enjoy tasty treats in the restaurant.
House open 11am - 3pm, Wed - Sun
Rediscover Hardwick this winter as the hall opens each Wednesday in November with a special theme each time. From conservation to cookery, visitors will see a new side of Hardwick. The re-laying of the matting in the High Great Chamber is an opportunity everyone has been waiting for too.