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Whether you are a dog walker looking for a stunning parkland to explore, a family group looking for somewhere the kids can runs off some steam or you want to marvel at the world famous tapestry collections Hardwick has something to offer everyone.
Bess of Hardwick first created Hardwick in the late 1500s and it was the formidable Bess who also created another of the area’s famous country houses: Chatsworth House. Since then her descendant together with farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed to make Hardwick what it is today.
Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country. Full of architectural and artistic delights from Elizabethan embroidering to Forties furnishing, walking through the hall is always an enjoyable experience.
Almost every room in the hall proudly displays tapestry and embroidery work on their walls and this spectacular and unique collection is well worth a visit.
There is also the Stables Shop and the Great Barn restaurant where you can enjoy a meal, snack or a traditional cream tea.
Although little remains of Bess's original gardens, they're still spectacular. Laid out in Elizabethan
fashion, four rectangular courtyards each contain their own unique gardens, surrounded by high sandstone walls. The fabulous gardens are a delight to explore with lots of hidden gems to discover.
Hardwick is also home to one of the finest herb gardens in the country, along with fabulous summer
borders, orchards, lawns and formal hedges.
Hardwick estate, which surrounds the magnificent Hall, covers around 2,500 acres of parkland, woodland, wetland and farmland.
Whether it’s a gentle stroll through ancient parkland, a peaceful day's fishing or a family picnic, there's plenty to do to make your day memorable.
Take time to discover the breathtaking views from the historic ponds, the wine glass or the footpaths beyond the motorway and keep an eye out for the Longhorn rare-breed cattle during your visit.
The park, the gardens, the restaurant and the shop are open all year round.
Mobility parking is at the top end of the main car park, 100 yards from visitor reception. A shuttle service runs between the visitor reception and the hall every 15 minutes.
There is wheelchair access to ground floor of the hall where you can also enjoy a ‘virtual tour’ of the hall. There are stairs to the 2 nd and 3 rd floors with handrails.
There are wheelchairs available for hire, though booking is essential.
There is level access to the gardens and Lady Spencer's Walk as well as the famous herb garden, said to be one of the finest in the country and which is a delight for the senses. There are some slopes, grass paths and cobbles within the gardens so it is well worth picking up a map of the accessible garden route which is available at the gatehouse.
There are accessible toilets in the Stable yard and the shop is accessible through the hall.