Things to see & do

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Coming in February 2015

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.

Caring for our collections

Queen Elizabeth gets a make over by one of conservation assistants

The hall is now closed for a month, the Conservation team are busy deep cleaning our internationally renowned collection, ready for opening again on Saturday 7 February 2015. There are a few surprises for visitors to the hall next year, linked to Arbella.

New Fairies in the Garden

Fairy door at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Over the summer a new fairy door has appeared in the Hardwick gardens. The first door has been loved by visitors young and old since it appeared in 2015. Pop along and say hello to the new neighbours.

Keep your eyes peeled for more fairy arrivals as they prepare for Christmas!

Don't miss this winter

  • Tasty winter specials in the restaurant
  • Enjoy self-led walks around the estate
  • The winter Sale in the shop
  • Stock up on logs for your cosy fire
  • Warming treats in the restaurant
  • Catching glimpses of the wildlife on the estate

Winter at Hardwick means

  • Conservation work on Penelope takes place © Hardwick Hall/National Trust

    In the house

    The deep clean starts and the new Arbella display arriving soon

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

    In the garden

    This season look out for snowdrops in the South Court of the gardens

  • Winter walking in the countryside © NTPL/John Millar

    In the park

    Stunning scenery through leaf less trees and crisp winter walks