Building a masterpiece
Inspiring, thrilling and engaging
Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country. A big claim, but we’re confident you’ll agree. Full of architectural and artistic delights from Elizabethan embroidering to Forties furnishing, walking through the hall is always an enjoyable experience.
Bess of Hardwick
A remarkable house for a remarkable woman
Bess of Hardwick, a formidable and talented woman, was responsible for the creation of both Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth House. Her four short-lived marriages led to her becoming the Countess of Shrewsbury and one of the richest women in Elizabethan England.
Discover Hardwick's treasures
The National Trust has launched an online collections catalogue.
Browse the fantastic Hardwick collection from the comfort of your own settee.
Below the stairs
Find out about 'an awe-inspiring little woman dressed in black' and the 'odd man' who lit the house in our Below the Stairs exhibition.
The house team have been busy creating exciting and interactive displays in the old kitchen. Discover more about the life and work of Hardwick's servants.
Weaving a magical story
Hardwick is home to one of the finest collections of Elizabethan tapestries in Europe.
Almost every room in the hall proudly displays tapestry and embroidery work on their walls. Come and see this spectacular and unique collection.