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Rooftop tours

Join our informative guides on an exclusive rooftop tour of Hardwick Hall and lookover the Derbyshire countryside from above.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

We're bringing back our exclusive rooftop tours for you to enjoy the panoramic views over the Derbyshire countryside. See if you can spot the magnificent local landmarks that rest on the horizon, some of which have been around since Bess' time!

Starting in the great hall, ascend through the building learning about Bess of Hardwick's humble beginnings and intriguing rise to power. Step into Bess' footsteps and look over the Hardwick skyline and image how the Elizabethan estate would have looked back in 1597.

Finish the tour by taking a sneak peek into Bess' intimate rooftop banqueting room - it's not to be missed!

Tickets are £10 per person and can be booked online.

Please note the tour is approximately 1 hour long but may take 1.5 hours depending on questions and dwelling time on the roof.

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Prices

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All £10.00

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The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895 Please book online only

Suitability

Children over 16 only.

Meeting point

Please meet in West Court just outside the main entrance to the hall.

What to bring and wear

Please wear sensible sturdy shoes.

Accessibility

Please note there are 135 steps to the roof, steps may be uneven in places. There is a handrail which stretches from the bottom to the top and there will be plenty of breaks along the way. No spiral staircases.

Other

If gust of winds are above 35mph the tour will not go ahead.

Upcoming events

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Material Power: Let the textiles do the talking 

A celebration of tapestry, embroidery and appliqué. Discover how Bess of Hardwick’s exquisite textile collection tells her story.

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on
24 May to 3 Nov 2024
at
11:00 to 15:30
+ 163 other dates or times
Event

May Half Term at Hardwick 

Come out to play in May! From maypole merriment to musical melodies, there’s something new to explore at Hardwick Hall this half term!

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on
25 May to 2 Jun 2024
at
09:00 to 18:00
+ 8 other dates or times
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'A Virtuous Woman' by Layla Khoo 

Reimagine the 'Lost Embroidery' at Hardwick Hall: Join Layla Khoo and stitch the fabric of modern virtue through creative participation.

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on
25 May to 3 Nov 2024
at
11:00 to 15:30
+ 52 other dates or times
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Natural Dye Demonstrations 

Discover natural dye techniques from the flowers grown at Hardwick Hall.

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on
29 May 2024
at
10:30 to 15:30