A warm welcome at the Hall

Whether you've visited Hardwick Hall before or not, venture in to see what surprises (new and old) lie in store.

More glass the wall, Hardwick was a house built to impress, inside and out. Tour the Elizabethan manson to witness the legacy of its creator, Bess of Hardwick and the generations that came after her. The (sometimes maze-like) rooms, spread over three floors, contain rich tapestries, fine furniture, imposing portraits, and evidence of someone with prominence. 

Hardwick viewed from the west

Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall

Tantalisingly glimpsed as you climb steeply through the oak-scattered parkland, the turrets of the house, carrying the initials of an indomitable lady, stand silhouetted against the sky.

For 2018...

Women and power

2018 marks the centenary of some women in England getting the vote. Here at Hardwick we're looking the impact of the suffrage movement on both the family and other members of the household. Find out who would have got the vote and learn about some additions to the house you might not have expected as a result. 

Over the course of the year we'll also be delving into Bess' status attributed to her wealth. Learn how she rose through the ranks to become the second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England, what her money was able to buy and what a savvy business woman she was.

Detail of interpretation at Hardwick to mark the vote for some women

Women and Power at Hardwick 

This year we tour the generations of Hardwick's women to discover what power looked like for them

A Tudor treasure

As part of taking a closer look at Bess' wealth and power, we've a new perspective on one of the key items here at Hardwick - the seadog table. A dedicated exhibtion can be found on the ground floor. 

The seadog table on display at Hardwick

A Tudor treasure - the seadog table 

A new display explores the importance of the seadog table

Earlier this year we started to replace the matting in the Long Gallery. There’s the chance to see some of the new handmade rush matting being laid, as well as a rare glimpse of the solid floor beneath undressed too. This natural floor covering is what would have been on the floors in Bess’ time. Find out how it’s made and why we water it. For those keen to get hands on, you can try some plaiting too. 

Whilst in the Long Gallery, don't miss a chance to get a look at some off the sixteenth century bare bones of the Hall through the special glass inspection hatch set in the floor.

 

rolls of rush matting on floor

Unravelling Hardwick's rush matting 

The floors of much of Hardwick Hall are covered in specially made natural covering which has a story in its own right.

Have a good nose

If you like to have a good nose about then our Hardwick AtticTours should be right up your street. Taking place every Thursday during May and June (excluding the school holidays) these free tours are a chance to see parts of the collection not on display and a part of the house not always seen.