Two of Derbyshire’s most beautiful manor houses are offering joint tours to visitors 400 years after the death of architect Robert Smythson
This October marks 400 years since the death of English architect Robert Smythson, whose notable works include Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.
Smythson began working as a stonemason for Longleat House and went on to leave a prominent architectural legacy from the Elizabethan era. To celebrate the anniversary, Hardwick Hall and Haddon Hall in Derbyshire have united to offer special Smythson tours throughout October, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the architect’s designs at both historic sites in a single day.
Hardwick Hall is one of Smythson’s most celebrated works, yet is has not yet been proven that he was behind the magnificent Long Gallery at Haddon Hall and the tour aims to uncover this mystery. Hardwick Hall will also be holding a series of other celebrations, including pop up workshops, talks and themed events where visitors can take part in stone carving and a parkland sculpture trail.
Joint admission costs £30 per person, which includes the two specialist tours led by expert guides, and must be booked in advance via the Hardwick Estate Office on 01246 858 400.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick
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