Group visits at Hardwick
As one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country, Hardwick Hall is a perfect place for groups to discover and explore historic architectural and artistic delights. From the first view of the grand Entrance Hall, up the twisting and turning staircase decorated with tapestries to the top of the Elizabethan floor, head on a journey of extravagance and power.
Group bookings at Hardwick Hall
Hardwick welcomes groups of at least 15 people (a maximum of 55), whether National Trust members or not, who can pay in one transaction for the visit. To qualify for the group offer, you must book in advance.
Admission is free for National Trust members, and non-members will pay a group rate of 5% discount off the standard adult price.
Payment for all non-members will be taken on the day at Visitor Reception. Payment is taken by card only.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Making a booking
To check availability please email the Estate Office at email@example.com or call us on 01246 858435. We will then issue a digital booking form for completion and once returned, will confirm your group visit.
Essential information for planning your day at Hardwick Hall
This information will give you the details you need to make the start of your visit to Hardwick as simple as possible and help you make the most out of your day.
What should we do once we have arrived?
On arrival, please remain on the coach, a member of staff will come to greet you.
The group leader should call the property reception team on 01246 858435 when you are 15 minutes away. Please have your National Trust membership cards ready if applicable.
How long do we need to visit the house, garden or wider estate?
House: We would recommend that you plan to spend at least 45 minutes to an hour walking around the house.
Garden: A visit to the garden usually takes 45 minutes to an hour, but schedule for longer if you have a particular interest in the garden.
In severe weather conditions we may close the property for the safety of visitors. In the unlikely event of severe weather, your group will be contacted on the morning of your visit.
How far is it from the car park to the main visitor facilities and house?
It’s a short walk or a leisurely stroll of about five to 10 minutes from the coach park to the toilet facilities, shop, restaurant and garden and a further five to 10 minutes through the gardens to the front of the hall.
Can we visit Stainsby Mill?
The mill is open on selected dates, please contact us directly to find out more.
What if we’re running late or delayed for our visit on the day?
To give all visitors a personal welcome to Hardwick, all group visits are booked on time slots.
If you are delayed for your arrival, please call our visitor reception team on 01246 858435.
Hardwick Hall is the legacy of a woman who had the vision, wealth and sheer audacity to commission a house that shouts innovation from the rooftops.
Discover winter colour in the garden at Hardwick Hall and explore our favourite homegrown favourites through our Herb Garden, Fruiting Orchard and along the Mulberry Walk.
Discover an internationally-renowned collection of textiles including exquisite tapestries and embroidery and learn about the art of up-cycling, Elizabethan style. Find out more about Bess of Hardwick who largely sourced and collected the textile treasures.
Enjoy tasty food and drink in the Great Barn restaurant or browse in the gift shop. Both are located within a historic setting at Hardwick.
Read how wealth, power and ambition drove Bess of Hardwick to build her grand design, filled with a treasure trove of fine furnishings that can still be seen at the Hall today.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.