New heights at Hardwick

The roof of Hardwick Hall

Later this year there will be the chance for a whole new experience at Hardwick, one that has been much requested…the chance to take a roof-top tour of the hall. 

A new roof walkway has been installed as part of ongoing building conservation work. This has given us the exciting opportunity to enable visitors to walk up here and experience being on top of an iconic Elizabethan mansion.

Visitors can 'take the leads' as Bess of Hardwick would have done on a special tour
Group of visitors up on the roof at Hardwick as part of a tour
Visitors can 'take the leads' as Bess of Hardwick would have done on a special tour

Taking the leads

Like Bess, you will be able to 'take the leads' as it was known in her day and walk the full length of the roof. You will be rewarded with sights for miles around – even on a grey day it’s a memorable experience. You will also visit the south turret, a decorated room otherwise known as the banqueting house, where the sweet course of an Elizabethan meal was taken with views across the Hardwick gardens. 

On a clear day from the roof you are rewarded with views for miles around of the Derbyshire countryside and beyond
View from the roof of Hardwick
On a clear day from the roof you are rewarded with views for miles around of the Derbyshire countryside and beyond

When are the tours happening?

We’re still getting ready for the tours which are planned to begin later this summer. When they do get underway there will be a series of tours taking place during the week, both pre-bookable and some that are turn up on the day. Tours are limited to ten people and last about an hour. 


Book in advance

Full details of booking tours will be available soon. All tours cost £10 per person for both members and non-members.

Lots of steps

Those wanting to venture to heady heights will be able to do so come rain or shine (unless the weather is really, really bad) but be aware it will involve a climb of nearly 100 steps to get up to the roof. Those wishing to take a tour must be 16 or over.