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Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall


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01246 850 430


Hardwick Hall,
Hardwick Estate,
Doe Lea,
S44 5QJ


Like a huge glass lantern, Hardwick Hall (owned by the National Trust) dominates the surrounding area - a magnificent statement of the wealth and authority of its builder, Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury or 'Bess of Hardwick'. Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is remarkable for being almost unchanged since Bess lived here, giving a rare insight into the formality of courtly life of the Elizabethan age.

There are outstanding collections of 16th Century embroidery, tapestries, furniture and portraits. Walled courtyards enclose fine gardens, orchards and a large herb garden, and the surrounding parkland contains rare breeds of cattle and sheep.

In the grounds are the remains of Hardwick Old Hall, which Bess continued to use after her new house was built.

In 2009 Hardwick Hall will be commemorating 50 years of National Trust ownership. Go along on 27 May 2009, 12 noon until 4.30 pm, to help them celebrate 50 years of the National Trust looking after Hardwick. With 'Behind the Scenes Tours', meet the staff, have a go activities and fun for all the family.

Before leaving enjoy a delicious meal in the Great Kitchen Restaurant and pick up a gift from the Shop.

There is a ramped entrance to the Hall and the ground floor is accessible to wheelchair users. Alternatively, a virtual tour is available on a computer on the ground floor. Wheelchairs are available, booking essential.

Braille and large-print guide available. Braille menu in restaurant. Induction loop in reception, shop, restaurant and Stone Centre. Staff trained to assist hard of hearing and visually impaired visitors.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Grounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Although the outside area and surrounding is open to the public all year round, the house & gardens are seasonal.All bank holidays (except Christamd day and boxing day) the hall is open: 12:00 - 15:00
Last admission 4pm


Outside and the surrounding areas is free, however the hall & gardens do hold a fee.
National Trust members free.


See location of Hardwick Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 463637  Lat: 53.16840 Long: -1.30885

Hardwick Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorway

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take first turning on left (following brown signs for Hardwick Hall). Follow road for approx 1 mile and turn left passing underneath M1 motorway. Follow road past Stainsby Mill and turn right onto Hardwick Estate. Follow brown signs to car park.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 2nd exit at roundabout (A6175), then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (B&Q) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select right lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Stay on A617 to M1 motorway junction (approx 4 miles) and, at roundabout select right lane and take 5th exit (A6175, signposted Clay Cross). Then follow route from North/South.

Parking: with charge


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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