We are Bess

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

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Another chance to see the acclaimed exhibition 'We are Bess' which reveals a new side to Bess of Hardwick's story through the voices and experiences of modern day women.

From household names to local Derbyshire women, the portraits of 20 modern women, taken by award-winning photographer Rachel Adams, sit alongside the Tudor portraits in the Long Gallery.

Prices

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

Prices

Garden only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.25 £7.50
Child £3.85 £3.50
Family £20.35 £18.50
House and Garden
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £16.50 £15.00
Child £8.25 £7.50
Family £41.25 £37.50
Group Adult N/A £14.25
House and Garden Christmas
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.30 £13.00
Child £7.15 £6.50
Family £35.20 £32.00
Group Adult N/A £12.00

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.

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
The exhibition is situated in Hardwick Hall itself, in the Long Gallery on the upper floor. An introductory film sets the scene on the landing part-way up to the exhibition.
What to bring and wear
No stilettoes please
Accessibility
This exhibition is located on the upper floor of Hardwick Hall in the Long Gallery. There are a number of steps to climb to this floor.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 September 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
25 September 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
26 September 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
27 September 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
28 September 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
29 September 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
2 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
3 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
4 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
5 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
6 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
9 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
10 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
11 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
12 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
13 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
16 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
17 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
18 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available
19 October 2019 11:00 - 17:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
General
Email
hardwickhall@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01246 850430

Upcoming events

We are Bess

Sun 22 Sep 2019
11:00-17:00
An age-old story revealed through the voices of modern women

Travel to 2050

Mon 23 Sep 2019
09:30-17:30
Visit the ‘Travel to 2050’ experience from the campaign for a smarter Britain, here at Hardwick.

Hardwick Roof Tours

Tue 24 Sep 2019
10:30-11:30
Discover captivating views and a different Hardwick experience on our roof tours.

Hardwick Roof Tours

Mon 30 Sep 2019
10:30-11:30
Discover captivating views and a new Hardwick experience on our recently launched roof tours.

Volunteer open morning

Mon 30 Sep 2019
10:30-12:30
Join us to find out more about our volunteering roles and to meet our friendly team over a hot drink.

Hardwick Roof Tours

Mon 04 Nov 2019
11:30-12:30
Discover captivating views and a different Hardwick experience on our roof tours.