What to expect on your visit to Hardwick

We’re pleased to be able to keep the gardens and parkland at Hardwick open for you to be able to enjoy these open spaces in line with government guidance. The Hall is currently closed. Take-away refreshments are available from the restaurant, the shop is open between 11am - 5.30pm and the toilets are open.

Your safety is our priority so we’re continuing to limit numbers to maintain social distancing.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

In line with government guidelines, you're required to wear a face covering in the visitor reception building, restaurant for take-away and toilets. Please bring one with you.

Please book your visit in advance to avoid disapointment:

Opening Times

Hardwick Hall: Closed
Stables Shop: 11am - 5.30pm
Restaurant take-away: 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.

The Hall is currently closed but your can find out more about it here.

Spring in the gardens

Bright yellow daffodils, purple crocus and colourful hellebores are a sight for sore winter eyes in the gardens at Hardwick. The blossoms are beginning to fill the trees and the magnolia tree is starting to flower, a welcome delight after the cold winter months.

Fruit trees in full blossom at Hardwick in the orchard

Hardwick gardens in spring

After the foggy mornings and dark evenings of winter, visitors can enjoy the beginnings of spring as life returns to the Hardwick gardens.

Easter at Hardwick

With Easter just around the corner, discover how you can enjoy a day out at Hardwick during the Easter break. 

Family in the orchard surrounded by daffodils

Easter egg hunts at Hardwick

From 2 April discover your local family-friendly trail at Hardwick with fun activities to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate reward at the end.

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. Don't be afraid to pack the wellies and go splashing in the puddles. The ponds are a great place to spot some birds including ducks and herons or perhaps the more elusive kingfisher.

A take-away treat from the restaurant

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

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.