Plan your day at Hardwick

Enjoy a day out at Hardwick exploring the Elizabethan Hall, gardens and parkland.

The Elizabethan floor and parts of the ground floor of the Hall are open at Hardwick 11am - 3.30pm, every day. 

Please note: if you would like to visit Stainsby Mill on your visit, this is by pre-booking only a seperate Mill ticket. Click here to book your ticket.

On your visit you can also enjoy exploring the gardens and parkland. Refreshments are available from the restaurant with indoor seating available and the shop is open between 10.30am - 5.00pm.

Opening Times

  • Hardwick Hall (Elizabethan floor and parts of ground floor): 11am - 3.30pm
  • Stables Shop: 11am - 5.30pm
  • Restaurant: 9.30am - 6pm
  • Garden: 9.30am - 6pm

The Old Hall (run by English Heritage) is closed. please see the English Heritage website for further details.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan masterpiece situated in Derbyshire, surrounded by 2000 acres of parkland. It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who created Hardwick Hall in the late 16th Century and since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.

Summer in the gardens

Bright summer colour is filling the gardens at Hardwick including peonies and roses. The herb garden is buzzing with pollenators and the west court is in abundance with colour, depth and textures. 

Rambling roses in Hardwick garden
Rambling roses in Hardwick garden
Rambling roses in Hardwick garden

A walk in Hardwick's parkland

With beautiful views, abundant wildlife and a variety of walking paths to take, the parkland is a great place to explore at this time of year.

The ponds are a great place to spot some birds including ducks and herons or perhaps the more elusive kingfisher.

Tasty treats from the restaurant

After a long walk along Hardwick park why not take a break and enjoy a treat from the restaurant including hot coffee, tea, sausage and bacon cobs, cakes, scones and ice cream.

Children try out an ice cream in the sun
Children try out an ice cream in the sun
Children try out an ice cream in the sun
A tray of freshly baked scones being brought out of the oven

Hardwick's Great Barn Restaurant 

Our restaurant is open and is serving hot and cold meals and drinks, sandwiches and light snacks. From 19 July, we will revert to pre-covid seating layout. We will continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness and till and collection points will be screened. Hand sanitiser will be available should visitors wish to use it. Thank you for making this a safe experience for everyone.

Facilities and access

The trailer and toilets can be found in the Stableyard just beyond visitor reception. Mobility parking is in the main car park, 100 yards from visitor reception. As you arrive, accessible toilets can be found in the Stableyard. Wheelchair access to the gardens and Lady Spencer's Walk. We are able to provide wheelchair hire but are not able to provide mobility scooter hire.