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Group visits at Hardwick

Visitors enjoying a group tour of Hardwick Hall in the Long Gallery.
Visitors enjoying a group tour of Hardwick Hall. | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

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.

Please note that pre-booking your group visit is essential. Failure to pre-book your visit may result in your coach being turned away if Hardwick is at maximum capacity.


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.

School visits

Schools or education groups can benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives the whole group free admission and parking at most of the places in our care for a year.

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 249 1895 or email us at

Costumed interpreter speaking to a smiling visitor at Hardwick Hall, Peak District, Derbyshire
Costumed interpreter meeting a visitor at Hardwick Hall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Making a booking

To check availability please email the Estate Office at or call us on 01246 858435. We will then issue a digital booking form for completion and once returned, will confirm your group visit.

Please note that we do not accept group bookings on weekends, bank holidays and during the school holidays.

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.

The roof of Hardwick Hall with the initials ES carved in stone on the top


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