Inspiring itineraries for Hardwick Hall

Conservation assistant examines a small item of the collection

Hardwick Hall's stunning houses and beautiful landscapes have been created by a cast of thousands, first built by Bess of Hardwick in the late 16th century. To help you plan your visit, here’s a useful guideline so you can mix and match and not miss a thing.

The Classic Hardwick Experience – House & Garden

If you want to visit the house and garden, plan your visit from Wednesday to Sunday. Here’s an example itinerary to help you plan your day:
  • 10am - Arrival tea and coffee in the Stableyard’s Great Barn Restaurant
  • 10.45am - Enjoy a stroll around the gardens and walk in the footsteps of Bess of Hardwick
  • 12 noon - Lunch break. Take a picnic and eat in the grounds or enjoy a meal in the Great Barn Restaurant
  • 1pm - Explore Hardwick Hall at your leisure or if you would rather plan a guided tour, these can be booked privately on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • 3pm - Take afternoon tea in the Stableyard’s Great Barn Restaurant
  • 3.30pm - Visit the shop and buy a treasure of your very own to remember your day
  • 4pm - Depart, but tell all your friends and get them to come too!

Monthly highlight

Costume Days bring the house to life every last Thursday of the month and there’s no extra charge.

Special interest tours 

If you would like to enhance your visit with something a little more unique, take your pick from the following and add them into your inspiring itinerary:

Private tour

Find out more about Bess of Hardwick, the 16th century’s most powerful woman and her magnificent mansion on an exclusive private tour with an expert guide.
  • April - October, Tuesdays from 10.30am, 2 hours, £750 per group of 25 people

Behind the Potting Shed tour

Follow your guide on a discovery of the delightful gardens including the walled courtyards, the fragrant herb garden, fruitful orchards and sweeping lawns.
  • March - October, 1 hour, £8 per person

The Stableyard and Stonemason’s Yard tour

Learn a few traditional tricks of the trade and see how the art of stonemasonry is still alive and well.
  • March - October, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 hour, £1 per person during regular opening hours or £2.50 per person our of hours

Treasures uncovered

A rare chance to see how the house and collections team care for the priceless 16th-century treasures once owned by Bess of Hardwick. 
  • March - October, Tuesdays, 1 hour 30 minutes, £750 per group of 25 people includes 2 course lunch

Coach parking and driver perks

We're a very coach friendly place.  Your driver will be well looked after too to ensure you all have a lovely day out.  Essential things to note as follows:
  • Drop off - there is a drop off area in the main visitor car park. This is a short walk away from the main entrance so if any or your group have any walking difficulties, let the staff know when you book your visit. They will be able to help with supplying wheelchairs and a shuttle service.
  • Welcome – before your group gets off the coach, oneof our staff will jump aboard and welcome everyone.
  • Free coach parking – say no more.
  • Driver perks  - in addition to free entry to the house and gardens, the coach driver will be given a £5 voucher to spend in the restaurant.

Group discounts

Groups of 15 people or more get a 5% reduction off their ticket for the house and garden.
National Trust members will be given free entry and they will be counted towards making up the minimum 15 people to gain the discounted group admission.

How to book

Please book your group visit in advance by contacting 01246 850431.