Plan your day at Hardwick

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

Opening Times

  • Hardwick Hall: 11am - 3.30pm 
  • Shop: 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Restaurant: 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Garden: 9.30am - 5.00pm
  • Please note, Stainsby Mill is now open a couple of days a week, pre-book your tickets

Planning your visit

When you visit us you can explore the parkland, amble through the Elizabethan gardens, or discover the history of Hardwick within the grand hall. Warm yourself after a spring wander with a tasty treat and hot drink in our Great Barn restaurant, or browse the shop for gifts to take home. 

A Brief History

Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan showstopper in Derbyshire, surrounded by 2,000 acres of parkland. It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who created Hardwick Hall in the late 16th Century. Since then, her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds, have contributed to and made Hardwick their creation. 

Please be aware that The Old Hall (run by English Heritage) is closed. Please see the English Heritage website for further details.

Collection and House Highlights - Summer

Throughout Summer the Collections and House team will be carrying out essential conservation cleaning as part of the 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, such as the canopy in the High Great Chamber.

Hardwick canopy High Great Chamber

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.

Mary Queen of Scot's Bedroom
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.

Misty morning over Hardwick Ponds
Misty morning over Hardwick Ponds
Misty morning over Hardwick Ponds

What are the Ranger Team up to this Summer

The Rangers will be working in the parkland repairing tree guards and fences, habitat surveying in the grasslands, wetlands and the woodlands with the help of volunteers. We will be removing tree guards from trees that have become well established which were planted around 15 – 20 years ago. We hope to create some more wild flower meadows and we will be revisiting every tree planted in the recent tree planting scheme to make sure they are in good health.

Ranger Tree Planting Hardwick

After a long walk or explore, take a break and enjoy a treat from the restaurant including  hot drinks, cold drinks, scoop ice-cream, seasonal light meals, light snacks and freshly baked cakes.

Enjoy a tasty treat with a view outside the Hardwick restaurant
Enjoy a tasty treat with a view outside the Hardwick restaurant
Enjoy a tasty treat with a view outside the Hardwick restaurant

Facilities and access

Mobility parking is in the main car park, 100 yards from visitor reception. After arrival, accessible toilets can be found in the Stableyard. Wheelchair access to the gardens and Lady Spencer's Walk. We provide wheelchair and tramper hire.