What to expect on your visit to Hardwick

Hardwick Hall in the winter sun

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 and shop will be closed. Limited take-away refreshments will be available from the trailer and the toilets will remain 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, trailer for take-away and toilets. Please bring one with you.

Please book your visit in advance to avoid dissapointment:

Opening Times

Hardwick Hall: Closed
Stables Shop: Closed
Trailer take-away: 9.30am - 4pm
Garden: 9.30am - 3.30pm (At weekends close is 4pm)

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

It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who created Hardwick Hall in the 1500's and since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.

Winter in the gardens

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 trailer

After a long walk along Hardwick park why not take a break and enjoy a take-away treat from the trailer including hot coffee or tea and pre-packaged snacks.

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.