Hardwick Hall

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Doe Lea, Chesterfield,
Derbyshire, S44 5QJ


01246 858424


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2018-01-15 06:52:46

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Parkland gates: all year; daily; 8.30am - 6pm (Closing at dusk during the winter months)
Garden, Shop Restaurant and Kiosk: 23rd Feb - 24 Jul; 7th Sep - 30th Oct; Wed - Sun; 11am - 5pm; 25th Jul - 4th Sep Mon - Sun, 11am-5pm.
Whole Estate: 3rd Dec - 18th Dec; 11am - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays. Kiosk open between Christmas and New Year
Open BH Mons and Good Fri: 12noon - 4:30pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Please call main office for group visit pack

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

23rd Feb - 30th Oct; 12noon - 4.30pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

House and Garden: Adult £11.00, child £5.50, family £27.45
Garden only: £5.55, child £2.80, family £13.90. Joint ticket prices, Old and New Halls: £13.40, Child £6.70, Family £33.50
Fishing day tickets: £5. Season fishing ticket: £50 (inc. NT members), Ponds parking charge £2

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Refreshments in Great Hall restaurant on days house is open. Picnics must not be taken in gardens. Plants on sale seasonally. Dogs allowed in Parkland only.

Garden Features & Events

One of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses; Spectacular Tudor treasure house; Built for 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman; Outstanding 16th- and 17th-century tapestries and embroideries; Fine historic parklands, orchard and herb garden to explore; Rare breeds of cattle and sheep; Stunning herb garden

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Hodgkinsons Hotel, Matlock IBIS Hotel, Chesterfield Renaissance Hotel, M1 J28


Riber Hall, Tansley, Matlock

Inns & Pubs:

White Horse Inn, Woolley Moor, E.of Ogston Resr. The Young Vanish, Glapwell Hardwick Inn, Hardwick

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Bolsover Hardstoft Garden Centre

Description of Garden

The garden is still divided into the original two main areas, the South Court and the East Court, after one has left the entrance or West Court, which contains lawns, herbaceous borders, and a magnificent cedar of Lebanon. The overall plan of the garden can best be appreciated from the upper landings and galleries of the house but the South Court must be visited not least for its superb herb garden, containing many varieties familiar to the original denizens of the house, and which is believed to be the largest in the country. This Court, which extends to over 7 acres in all, is divided into four quarters and of the other three, one is given over to a long border full of tree paeonies, old shrub roses and philadelphus with perennials and a form of Lily of the Valley discovered here and called 'Hardwick Hall'. The other two echo the original purpose of the Court which was to provide fruit and vegetables, in vast quantities, for the house by being planted as orchard. One of the features of the planting scheme devised by the Trust is the subtle harmonisation of colours reminiscent of Gertrude Jekyll's gardens, with bright vibrant hues gradually giving way to quieter, plainer tones as the visitor progresses along the borders.

History Of Garden

Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury built this immense hall in the 1590s with her initials ES carved in the balustrades above the towers dominating the landscape rather as, in her time, she did. She was one of the richest people in the country and had already re-built the Old Hall in 1585 which is now a ruin, but after acquiring further enormous wealth following the death of her fourth husband, Lord Shrewsbury, she started on the construction of the New Hall to a design by Robert Smythson. there is no doubt that she was a compulsive builder, and it is rumoured that she declared that if building halted at Hardwick she would die and was in due course proved correct when, for reasons outside her control it did indeed halt for a brief period, and she died shortly afterwards. The Devonshires at Chatsworth are direct descendants of hers and the preservation of Hardwick in its relatively unchanged Elizabethan state is probably due the removal of the family to that estate nearby.

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