Summer at Hardwick

Hardwick Hall and the gardens with visitors in the sun in deckchairs

In Summer there is no better time to discover Hardwick. Find beauty in our gardens and woodland pasture, re-discover the Hall and it's rare and significant collections. Take part in our Summer holiday play adventure, enjoy a walk through our 2,000 acres of parkland. Finish up with a bite to eat and a trip to the shop.

Rediscover the hall, relax in the gardens, explore the estate keeping an eye out for colourful butterflies, and dragonflies. Take part in our summer holiday 'come out and play' family fun. Here are our summer highlights. 

In the Hall 

It's Open! Sneak a peek into the Mary Queen of Scots room with its dramatic black lacquer furniture and black velvet bed, open to the public for the first time since March 2020. She never visited Hardwick, but what a room to stay in, if she had. 

Mary Queen of Scot's Bedroom

Have a look at the magnificent portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, before it goes to The Met in the Autumn. 

Bess of Hardwick (left) and Queen Elizabeth I (right)
Queen Elizabeth I and Bess of Hardwick
Bess of Hardwick (left) and Queen Elizabeth I (right)

Throughout Summer the Collections and House team will be carrying out essential conservation cleaning as part of the daily visitor offer. The team will move from the Long Gallery into the High Great Chamber and beyond. Come and chat with our volunteers and watch the conservation team carefully cleaning the beautiful textiles and collection pieces. 

Summer walks

Our walking routes give you the perfect opportunity to spot our local wildlife and see the signs of Summer all around Hardwick.  Whether it's for a gentle stroll or a hike there is a number of walks available.

Walks around the Row ponds, Duck Decoy and Great Millers pond will have some lovely wildlife. Dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and if you’re lucky, a basking grass snake. The blossom on the Lime trees smells great in June and July which attracts lots of bees.

For a stroll, head to Lady Spencer's Walk, a route created for the mother-in-law of the 5th Duke of Devonshire so she could enjoy some gentle exercise when she visited her daughter, Georgiana Spencer. To make it a longer walk you could join up with one of the circular routes across the wider parkland; see the striking sculptural forms of veteran trees and look out across views of the Derbyshire countryside.

Hardwick Park Spring Walks

Walks to explore at Hardwick

Hardwick's landscape in and around the estate make a great walk, long or short. Routes through our gardens and key visitor areas require an admission ticket, members free.

The herb garden at Hardwick in full bloom with the hall in the background

Enjoy the gardens in Summer

Nature's palette is at its best during these summer months and Hardwick's park and gardens make a great place to explore.

Building Project

Hardwick Hall occupies a lofty and exposed position; built of soft local sandstone, wind and water take their toll. Currently in year 6 of a 10 year project, this phase of work is focussing on reparing external and internal brickwork, using the expert Hardwick stonemasons. We are fortunate to have received vital funding from DCMS.

Hall Scaffolding Feb 22

With 4 more years left in this project and monies left to raise, we have the Hardwick pin badge to further support our fundraising efforts. Purchase your on your next visit to Hardwick and keep an eye for two new Hardwick Pin Badges. 

Hardwick pin badge
Hardwick pin badge
Hardwick pin badge

Treat yourself at Hardwick

Why not add an extra treat to your visit and head to the Great Barn restaurant.

Try our new brand of coffee. For the coffee connoiseurs - Old blend had a bitter taste, new blend has tastes of marmalade when served black and millionaires shortbread once milk is added to it. Enjoy a main meal, a small snack, or simply warm up with a hot drink and a scrumptious scone.

Want to take Hardwick home with you? Then visit the Stables shop and second hand bookshop. You can grab yourself the perfect reminder of the day or a gift for friends and family. 

You can't beat a cup of good coffee
A barrista makes coffee in a National Trust restaurant
You can't beat a cup of good coffee