New heights at Hardwick
Later this summer 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.
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.
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 three tours taking place every Tuesday. Pre-bookable tours will take place at 10.30am and 2pm, whilst 12.15pm will be for those that turn up on the day. Please note this will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are limited to ten people and last about an hour.
Book in advance
For the morning and afternoon tours, you must pre-book by calling 01246 850430. For the lunchtime tour you will need to turn up on the day. 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.