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Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands. It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s, but it was Robert Symthson who designed this magnificent house. The new Hall was designed deliberately to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and pushed the boundaries of architectural design.
In 2015, Hardwick commemorated its 400th anniversary of the death of Lady Arbella Stuart, the granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick and niece to Mary, Queen of Scots. She had a strong royal lineage and a realistic claim to the thrown after Queen Elizabeth I died. Educated and raised as a princess, but whose desperate attempts to seek freedom ended with her being inprisoned in the Tower of London.
Discover more about Arbella in the Hall and explore whether you think Hardwick was built as a palace fit for a Queen or a prison for a forgotten princess.
Hardwick offers visitors a year round experience, from colourful herbaceous borders and prize winning vegetables that are used in the restaurant to the picturesque circular parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities.
Friday 18 & Saturday 19 August 2017
Summer Nights is a festival of outdoor film screenings in...0 miles away
Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am - 3pm
This fabulous free day out for all the family returns for the...4.84 miles away
25 July - 4 September 2017
Inspire and Leicester Print Workshop opens in a new window artist...4.84 miles away
Thursday 27th April 2017, 7.30pm - 10pm
Award winning comedy trio the Sleeping Trees bring you...5.02 miles away
Selected dates between Friday 21 July and Sunday 20 August 2017 Newstead Abbey, the former home of...7.64 miles away
Saturday 1 July & Sunday 2 July 2017 from 10am – 4pm Venue: Newstead Abbey
After the success...7.76 miles away
18th June 2017 Man Cave Day - Father's day at Creswell Crags Our caves will be open as usual but...8.6 miles away
29th July 2017 A family fun day for all with stalls, games, food, fun and folk! All day event...8.6 miles away
Radio Controlled “Gadgets and Gizmo’s Day” 29th May 2017 Join us for a day of all things remote...8.6 miles away
World Environment Day 5th June 2017 Various activities and workshops will take place throughout...8.6 miles away
To celebrate Chesterfield Walking Festival, come along in your best fairy or elf attire and join...8.6 miles away
As part of Chesterfield Walking Festival, Creswell Crags warden Jim Anderson guides ab evening walk...8.6 miles away
Calling all cyclists young and old! Come and join us for a bike-tastic day!
We will be joined...8.6 miles away
Saturday 24 June - Sunday 20 August 2017
Every two years The Harley Gallery hosts the Open...8.62 miles away
The Harley Gallery 31st March 2017 - 30th September 2017 Hidden From View: The 5th Duke of...8.64 miles away
Friday 23 - Sunday 25 June 2017 from 10am - 5pm
A celebration of clay and the potter's art
...8.64 miles away