Hardwick Hall and Stainsby Mill

Type:Historic House / Palace

Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

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An icon of Elizabethan architecture, Hardwick Hall, stands proudly on a hilltop bordering North-East Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Explore the rich history of Hardwick’s matriarch, the formidable Elizabeth Shrewsbury, better known as Bess of Hardwick. Bess’s influence is clear throughout the collections on display, the architecture and the four garden courtyards. Enjoy a warm drink and a slice of cake in the Great Barn Restaurant before taking a walk in Bess’s footsteps around Hardwick’s 2,000 acre estate, enjoying the local wildlife as it changes through the seasons.

The Hardwick Estate also includes Stainsby Mill, a 19th-century water-powered flour mill.

Guide Prices

Please look at the Hardwick Hall website for prices


Road Directions

8 miles south-east of Chesterfield; via A6175. Leave M1 exit 29, follow brown signs

Sat Nav: Should you wish to use a SatNav please use postcode S44 5RW for SatNav. Please be aware this may take you along minor roads depending on your location. Should you be concerned please follow the above directions

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Public Transport Directions

Hardwick can be accessed by public train to Chesterfield station, where you can either get a taxi or catch the Stagecoach Pronto bus from Chesterfield Coach Station. Exit the Pronto bus at Glapwell ‘Young Vanish’ and cross the road, walking up the hill. Take the first right and follow signs for Rowthorne & Hardwick. If coming to Hardwick via bus please note that there is a 2 mile walk on main roads with limited signage.    



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for hearing impaired - we have visual alarm systems in certain areas of the property but not in the house, however in the case of an alarm going off, the room guides would guide all visitors out of the building the safest possible route.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Pushchairs available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Dogs Accepted - the wider estate and Stableyard are dog friendly, however, the Hall and gardens are only service dog friendly,
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


Opening Times

Season (18 Feb 2024 - 29 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00
Season (30 Oct 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00
Season (1 Jan 2025 - 17 Feb 2025)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00

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