Inspiring itineraries for Hardwick Hall
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
- 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!
Special interest tours
- April - October, Tuesdays from 10.30am, 2 hours, £750 per group of 25 people
Behind the Potting Shed tour
- March - October, 1 hour, £8 per person
The Stableyard and Stonemason’s Yard tour
- March - October, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 hour, £1 per person during regular opening hours or £2.50 per person our of hours
- March - October, Tuesdays, 1 hour 30 minutes, £750 per group of 25 people includes 2 course lunch
Coach parking and driver perks
- 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.