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.

Discover new adventures

Children making outdoor dens at Hardwick Hall

Seek out your spring adventure at Hardwick today; discover the woodland play trail down Lady Spencer's Walk, pick up a Hardwick '50 Things' map and tick off some of the activities or take a stroll along the Oak walk to see Arbella's Bower, which our Rangers created in the woodland.

Spring has sprung at Hardwick

Don't miss the carpet of bluebells in the woodlands on one of our circular walks and the winter border continues too look good during the spring.

Add a spot of colour to your garden too, with a variety of spring plants, including Hardwick propagated plants from our plant shop.

Look out for this Spring

  • New games in the Stableyard
  • The delicious scones in the restaurant
  • Enjoy an 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

    Come along on Wednesdays during May and June (excluding 27 May) and you'll be able to visit the attics

  • 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