New Visitor Centre for Hardwick Hall


Visitors to the world famous Hardwick Hall in North Eastern Derbyshire will be greeted by a new environmentally friendly Visitor Centre thanks to a grant of £100,000 from the Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER Approach.


BNED Chair with His Grace The Duke of Devonshire

Opened by His Grace, the Duke of Devonshire, the new Visitor Centre is part of the National Trust’s project to refurbish the Old Stableyard to provide a new café, restaurant, garden shop and a souvenir outlet.

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BNED Chair with Dame Fiona Reynolds

Also at the opening ceremony was the (outgoing) Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds. Dame Fiona is to take up her duties as Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, in the autumn of 2013 - the first woman to be elected Master in the College’s history.

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Commemorative Planter

A new commemorative planter was made by the stonemasons at Hardwick to mark the official opening of the Stableyard Project and the new Visitor Welcome Centre by His Grace, The Duke of Devonshire.

Councillor Ken Savidge, Chair of BNED LEADER said at the opening event "The new Visitor Centre is a beautiful building and will provide the perfect welcome to visitors to Hardwick Hall. I am delighted that the funding that LEADER has been able to provide will help attract visitors from far and wide to this remarkable area of North Eastern Derbyshire."

The project has already created 5 new jobs at Hardwick Hall and aims to attract an additional 16,000 visitors a year.  

For more information about Hardwick Hall and many other properties and attractions managed by National Trust, visit their website.