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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
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
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.
Time to reflect at Hardwick
The New Year is often a more peaceful time to stop and reflect and there's lots to explore in our spectacular landscapes and gardens.
What better way to enjoy the winter than wrapping up warm, donning your wellies and exploring the stark parkland with friends and family? You can always warm up in the Great Barn restaurant afterwards.