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.

Be a ranger for the day

Rhododendron in the Park

Get outdoors with the ranger team this autumn and get hands on in the woodlands clearing rhododendron and snowberry from the park so wild flowers can flourish.

Wednesday 28 October and Wednesday 25 November, 10am - 3pm. Tickets are £5 which will go toward the on going conservation of the park.

Christmas memories at Hardwick

Hardwick at Christmas

Discover traditions of the past and create new memories of your own at Hardwick this year. Enjoy the House and Gardens dressed in their festive best and treat yourself to tasty delights in the restaurant.

Look out for this Autumn

  • Our Great British walking festival walks
  • Hearty puddings in the restaurant
  • Take a bit of Hardwick home with our delicious apples from the Orchard
  • Discover something new on the Behind the Scenes tour
  • Exploring Arbella's bower in Park Piece
  • Autumn colour in the Park
  • Stretch your legs on one of the self led walks across the parkland
  • Pick up a tracker pack and explore the parkland
  • Pick up early Christmas presents in the Shop

A golden autumn at Hardwick means

  • Trimming the hedges © Paul Harris

    In the garden

    The mammoth task of trimming all of the hedges begins, there are over 19km of hedge to trim!

  • The furnishings in the hall get a thorough spring cleaning © National Trust/John Millar

    In the house

    The team are preparing and planning for the winter deep clean.


  • Discover something new with every step in Hardwick Park © National Trust/Robert Morris

    In the park

    The ranger team are working to ensure the all of our path network is clear for walkers