We are Bess

An age-old story revealed through the voices of modern women

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Discover a new side to Bess of Hardwick's story through the voices of modern women, from household names to women of the local Derbyshire community.

Modern-day portraits of the women taken by award-winning photographer Rachel Adams hang with the Tudor portraits in the Long Gallery.

Prices

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

Prices

Garden only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.70 £7.00
Child £3.90 £3.54
Family £19.30 £17.50
House and Garden
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.40 £13.95
Child £7.70 £7.00
Family £38.50 £34.90
Group Adult N/A £13.25
House and Garden Christmas
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.00 £11.80
Child £6.50 £5.90
Family £32.50 £29.50
Group Adult N/A £11.20
Old and New Hall
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £20.75
Child N/A £11.10
Family N/A £52.60

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...

Parking £5 per vehicle. Fishing day and seasonal tickets are available. A Joint Hall ticket is available includes entry to Hardwick Hall and Gardens as well as entry to Hardwick Old Hall (managed by English Heritage)

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Accessibility
The exhibition has restricted access due to its location on the upper floor of Hardwick Hall. There are a number of stairs within the Hall to climb to this floor.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
21 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
24 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
25 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
26 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
27 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
28 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
31 October 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
1 November 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
2 November 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
3 November 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available
4 November 2018 11:00 - 17:00 Available

Upcoming events

We are Bess

Sun 21 Oct 2018
11:00-17:00
An age-old story revealed through the voices of modern women

Monthly Ranger walks

Fri 26 Oct 2018
10:00-11:30
Enjoy the Hardwick parkland through the changing seasons on a guided walk with a Ranger.

October half-term

Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
We have lots to entertain kids of all ages at Hardwick this half-term. Join us for some autumnal activities.

Half-term crafts: Bat headbands

Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Get batty and make a bat headband to take home

Half-term crafts: Pinecone hedgehogs

Sun 28 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Create your very own pinecone hedgehog

Half-term crafts: Spiders webs

Mon 29 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Weave some magic with your own spiders web