Things to see & do

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Hardwick - a palace or prison?

In 2015 we will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Arbella Stuart, the granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick and niece to Mary Queen of Scots. Discover more about Arbella and explore whether you think Hardwick was built as a palace fit for a queen or a prison for a princess, whose desperate attempts to seek freedom ended at the Tower of London.

New Fairies in the Garden

Fairy door at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

See our new fairy door that has appeared in the Hardwick gardens. The first door has been loved by visitors young and old since it appeared in 2013. Pop along and say hello to the new neighbours.


Spring has sprung at Hardwick

See the winter border springing into life with a colourful carpet of snowdrops in the garden and woodland. Add a spot of colour to your garden too, with bulbs available from our plant shop.

Look out for this Spring

  • The beautiful new geometric range in the Hardwick shop
  • New play equipment in the Stableyard
  • The delicious scones in the restaurant
  • Enjoy a Arbella tour with one of our guides
  • Glimpses of spring in Lady Spencer's walk
  • Exploring Arbella's bower in Park Piece
  • The winter border in all its glory
  • Stretch your legs on one of the self led walks across the parkland
  • Pick up a tracker pack and explore the parkland

Spring at Hardwick means

  • There are literally carpets of Snowdrops at Ickworth in early Spring © Sean Reid

    In the garden

    The team have been working hard to get the winter border and new stumpery looking their best for spring

  • One of the oldest items in our collection © Hardwick Hall/National Trust

    In the house

    The conservation team are beginning the deep clean on Duchess Evelyn's apartments

  • Lambs frolicking in the fields © Scott Mackie

    In the park

    The 1st of March is normally the date when the first of the Hardwick lambs are born