Make the most of your day out at Hardwick

Hardwick Hall in the winter sun

Whether you’re visiting Hardwick for the first time, have been before or are a regular, we look forward to welcoming you. Discover an internationally recognised Elizabethan Hall, beautiful gardens and expansive countryside on your day out at Hardwick, Derbyshire.

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. Today, we welcome you to explore Hardwick for yourself. See below our handy hints and tips to make the most of your day at this special place.

Opening Times

The Hall is now closed as we prepare for Christmas, the Hall will reopen again 23 November - 22 December, Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am - 3pm.

Currently the Hall is undergoing a building conservation project, to restore the exterior sandstone face. Find out more about our stone masons and the work they are doing to restore this magnificent building while touring the roof. Roof tours currently taking place selected Mondays and Tuesdays throughout Winter.  

A winter 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 treat in the restaurant

After a long walk along Hardwick park why not take a break in the restaurant with a hot drink or a tasty treat. We have a wide variety on our autumn menu from seasonal hot meals to tasty cakes and scones.

Facilities and access

The restaurant, stables shop 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 ground floor of hall, gardens and Lady Spencer's Walk. Stairs to 2nd and 3rd floors. We have several all-terrain wheelchairs available to hire free of charge for use around Hardwick. Please talk to a member of the team at the Visitor Centre on arrival. Our buggy service runs from the Visitor Centre to the hall and gardens, throughout the day.