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Hardwick Park, Sedgefield

Hardwick Park is a country park with a difference, a Visit England accredited attraction, and a great place to visit at any time of the year.

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Visitor information

With free admission (other than car parking charges), you can stroll through the historic parkland admiring the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife. No visit is complete without calling into our visitor centre to learn about the history and restoration of the park, taking a look in our gift shop and calling in to our Tower Cafe. 


Our visitor centre offers excellent facilities including an interactive exhibition space, fully equipped education room, gift shop, cafe and public toilets.

Our Tower Cafe is open daily offering a wonderful selection of home made soups, sandwiches, scones, pies and cakes. Whether calling in for lunch, ice cream or just a refreshing drink after a walk, a warm and friendly welcome awaits you.   

Current opening times (daily)

  • park gates - 7.00am to 8.00pm 
  • cafe - 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • gift shop and exhibition - 11.00am to 3.00pm  
  • toilets - 7.00am to 6.00pm


There are a number of accessible parking bays at the park. The visitor centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities and the circuit walk is accessible to visitors of all abilities.

The surfaced route is a minimum of two metres wide, generally flat and has no steps. There are two slopes but easier alternatives will be marked. Other paths around the park are generally flat but may be muddy at times.

Getting here

Hardwick Park is on the west side of Sedgefield in County Durham. Grid Reference NZ 346 288 (Ordnance Survey map Explorer 305).

  • By public transport: The nearest bus stop is at Sedgefield High Street. From there it is a half mile walk following a signposted footpath through the arch of the Hardwick Arms Hotel. Up-to-date bus timetables are available through our get the latest travel updates web page.
  • By car or coach: Hardwick Park is on the A177 Durham to Stockton road on the west side of Sedgefield, two and a half miles from A1(M) Junction 60 (well sign-posted).   
  • On foot, cycle or horse: Paths allow easy access to the park at all times. See Ordnance Survey map Explorer 305.

Car parking charges

Pay and display charges apply at all times:

  • cars - up to two hours £2.00/full day £3.00
  • coaches and minibuses - all day £9.00
  • motorcycles - free
  • blue badge holders - charges as above

Parking permits

Six and twelve-month parking permits are available at a cost of £38.00 (six months) or £75.00 (twelve months). To buy one, please call into the visitor centre between 9.00am and 4.00pm daily. Alternatively, please contact us for an application form and further details. Income from parking charges directly benefits the park, funding its maintenance and ensuring the continuation of the education and events programme.

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