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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.
Building Site, art at Hardwick
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
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
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!