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Notice: **Please note that the shuttle buggy has broken down and will be out of service until at least Wednesday 5 Aug** On Saturday 1 August Hardwick will be hosting a wedding ceremony and reception. The Entrance Hall will be closed at 2.40pm and will reopen at approx. 4.10pm. The rest of the House will be open as normal. Assess to the House is via the East Court, during this time, which is accessed via 5 steps. The serving room and kitchen will not be open to the public on Saturday 1 August.

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.

Outdoor cinema, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Aug

Enjoy open air cinema

QUAD's Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival returns in the summer of 2015. Mamma Mia on Friday provides a great chance to sing-a-long to a feel good film and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies concludes the epic tale in Middle Earth on Saturday night. Find out more and book your tickets.

Get behind the scenes this year

There are some great ways to discover Hardwick this summer. You can go off the beaten track with our House and Collections team on our Exclusive Behind the Scenes tour on October 6. 

We are hosting an extra special tour; on 22 September to commemorate the death of Lady Arbella Stuart, her only biographer Sarah Gristwood, will guide you through Hardwick and Arbella's tragic story.

Hardwick's forgotten princess - Arbella

Discover the story of Lady Arbella Stuart

Discover the life of Arbella Stuart, granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick. A life full of royal promise that ended in the Tower of London.

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