...spectacular Elizabethan mansion
One of Britain's greatest and most significant 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
Bess of Hardwick acquired Hardwick Old Hall after her brother, the former owner, died in a debtor's prison. Then following an irrevocable quarrel with her husband, she moved in without him and transformed it into one of the greatest Elizabethan mansions in the country.
The view from the West Tower is magnificent, and the Hall provides the venue for various special events throughout the year.
The Hall Bess built next door is regarded as one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in Europe and houses fine collections of tapestries, needlework and furniture. Outside are stunning gardens designed in the manner of the period.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015