Facilities & access


  • The park, the gardens, the restaurant and the shop are open all year round
  • Dogs are welcome on leads in the parkland
  • For information on what's on each day pop into the visitor reception on arrival
  • Car parking is free for National Trust members, or £3 for non-members
  • Disabled parking is available at the top end of the visitor car park
  • A shuttle service runs between the visitor reception and the hall every 15 minutes

Family & children

  • Baby feeding facilities are available in the Great Barn restaurant
  • Baby changing facilities provided in the Stableyard
  • All meals in the restaurant are available in child size portions
  • Explorer Tracker Packs available for garden and park from the visitor reception building
  • Hands on activities and quizzes in the hall
  • Family activities throughout the school holidays. Check our events page for details


  • Mobility parking in main car park, 100 yards from visitor reception
  • Accessible toilets in the Stableyard
  • Wheelchair access to ground floor of hall, gardens and Lady Spencer's Walk. Stairs to 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Virtual tour on the ground floor hall
  • Sensory experience in the Herb Garden
  • Map of accessible garden route available at the gatehouse
Mumsnet Family Friendly Gold Winner 2013

Mumsnet Family Friendly Gold Winner 2013

We're Mumsnet approved

Hardwick is proud to be a Mumsnet Family Friendly Gold Winner for 2013. Here are just a few of the things we are recognised for providing:

  • Buggy-friendly surfaces
  • Step stools up to sinks
  • Child-friendly cutlery and plates/bowls in the restaurant
  • Games and activities provided in the restaurant