Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield in Derbyshire is a beautiful Elizabethan house built in the 1590's. It was originally the home of Bess of Hardwick, a powerful and remarkable woman of the age. Hardwick Hall has changed little in the intervening years, but remains a spectacular period property well worthy of a visit.
Hardwick Hall's six towers occupy an eye catching position alongside the M1 close to Junction 29, Chesterfield. The house is set in 300 acres of grounds, which offer a delightful circular walk around the surrounding countryside.
Inside Hardwick Hall visitors will not be disappointed by the stunning collection of tapestries and friezes, high ceilings and huge windows. The house abounds with atmosphere allowing visitors to be easily drawn into the Elizabethan period. Rooms such as the Long Gallery and High Great Chamber provide a stunning setting for the rich historical collections. This is a true gem amongst the many heritage sites in North Derbyshire.
Outside, Hardwick Hall gardens and Stableyard set off the Hall perfectly. Lawns, orchards and the herb garden offer a pleasant setting for a relaxing stroll. For the children there are trails and activities to keep active minds engaged for hours.
If you're hungry after completing one of the nature trails or Hall tours, Hardwick Hall's Great Barn Restaurant offers tasty food and drink. The Hardwick Inn set on the approach into the grounds provides excellent pub grub along with hand pulled traditional ales. You can also buy locally produced goodies from the Hardwick Park Farm or pick up a souvenir of your visit from the gift shop.
There is a wide and varied events program throughout the year and it's well worth keeping track of what's coming up via the main National Trust website or by calling the events booking team on 01246 858400.
Hardwick Hall Opening Times
February 17th to November 3rd - Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 4:30pm
Garden, Shop and Restaurant Opening Times
February 17th to November 3rd - Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 6pm December 4th to 19th - Saturday and Sunday only 11am to 3pm
The parkland gates are open all year round 8:30 to 6pm (dusk during winter), but may close in bad weather.
Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, Hardwick Hall is open 12noon till 4:30.
Derbyshire S44 5QJ