Hardwick Hall and Gardens, National Trust
Average time spent – 2+ hours.
Things to do at Hardwick Hall review
Hardwick Hall is a National Trust property in the Cheshterfield area of Derbyshire. It is a significant Elizabethan country house and there is plenty there for families to enjoy a day out.
The house was home to “Bess of Hardwick” who first created Hardwick in the 1500s. You can explore the hall and see the decades of influence and contributions from builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen. There are lots to see inside the house and I am sure you will be very impressed.
The grounds feature walks with picturesque views, a woodland family natural play trail and more. There are stableyard buildings, a mill and the park has 300 acres of historic parkland with ancient woodlands and wildlife-rich fishing lakes. The visitor centre often has extra activities for the kids such as a bug hunt pack.
There is a huge range of walks across Hardwick with a few of the best walks highlighted on the National Trusts web page for Hardwick Hall. There is a really easy route for families entitled the Duke and Duchess short walk.
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Important Information Hardwick Hall
Eating – There is a restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Historic house you can explore, extensive parkland with walks, a natural play trail and lots more to explore. There are toilets and a restaurant.
Entry price – *FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the National Trust or mid-range. Prices are currently cheaper due to covid but normal prices are £16.50 for an adult, £8.25 for a child and family tickets are available. There is a charge to park, all-day parking is £3, members can park for free.
Opening: Hardwick Hall is open all year round although the house is sometimes closed. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in the parkland but only assisstance dogs are permitted elsewhere.
Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, Derbyshire, England. Phone: 01246 850430
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
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