Bess of Hardwick tour

In the first hour before the Hall is open to explore for yourself, take the 'Bess of Hardwick' tour and get an introduction on the history of the Hall and the woman who built it.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Running at 11am and 11.30am, reserve your ticket at visitor reception as the capacity is limited. Get an introduction into Bess of Hardwick's life and why she built the magnificent Hall. The tour guides will take you on the route to the Elizabethan floor and out as if you were a guest of Bess.

The tour is free for members, normal admission applies to non-members.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Hardwick

Prices

Hardwick: Wed-Sun and Bank Hols from 15 Feb 2020
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £19.80 £16.50
Child £9.90 £8.25
Family £49.50 £41.25
1 Adult family (1+3) £29.70 £24.75
Group Adult N/A £15.60
Hardwick Lite: Mon and Tues from 15 Feb 2020
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.90 £8.25
Child £4.60 £3.85
Family £24.40 £20.35
1 Adult Family (1+3) £14.50 £12.10

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

National Trust members go free.

Hardwick – Lite: The main areas of the house are closed as we protect our fragile collection and carry out core conservation work. Our below stairs area and toilets are open every Monday and Tuesday 15 February - 1 November 2020.

Parking £5 per vehicle.

Parking at the Ponds is £4 per vehicle. Fishing day and seasonal tickets are available.

Entry to the old hall is currently closed but the visitor centre remains open (managed by English Heritage).

The basics

Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Outside the front entrance of the Hall
Accessibility
Stairs inside the Hall

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
19 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
20 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
21 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
22 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
23 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
26 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
27 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
28 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
29 February 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
1 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
4 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
5 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
6 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
7 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
8 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
11 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
12 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
13 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
14 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available
15 March 2020 11:00 - 11:25 Available
11:30 - 11:55 Available

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Upcoming events

Hardwick Roof Tours (27 January - 25 February)

Tue 18 Feb 2020
11:30-12:30
Discover captivating views and a different Hardwick experience on our roof tours.

Winter Garden Talk

Tue 18 Feb 2020
13:30-14:30
Join our team for a free talk about the winter garden.

Bess of Hardwick tour

Wed 19 Feb 2020
11:00-11:25
In the first hour before the Hall is open to explore for yourself, take the 'Bess of Hardwick' tour and get an introduction on the history of the Hall and the woman who built it.

Conservation Experience Day

Tue 25 Feb 2020
09:30-13:00
Experience what it is like to be part of the house and collections team at Hardwick.

Propagation Tour

Thu 27 Feb 2020
13:45-14:20
Take a tour of the nursery by one of the gardening team to get a closer look at the propagation process at Hardwick.

Hardwick guided dog walk

Mon 02 Mar 2020
09:30-10:30
Join our Ranger on a free, guided dog walk across the Hardwick parkland.