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Hardwick Hall and Gardens

Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
Phone Number: 44 1246 850 430
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Chesterfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands.It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s.In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.We want you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.Explore the enchanting Elizabethan mansion, take a stroll in our peaceful gardens, enjoy seasonal and locally produced food at our Restaurant, get closer to nature with a walk in the Park and much much more.
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I like to go up here on a nice Sunny day, and have a wander around, very relaxing. Cant wait till the spring and nice weather.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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43 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The inside of the house was closed so will have to try another visit but the grounds and outside of the house were interesting - didn't know the ruins of Old Hardwick Hall adjacent to this are run by English National Heritage or one of those organisations. There are lots of sheep all around the estate and lots of wildlife...... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Had a lovely visit to this place not far from my daughters home, Parked my car at the overflow car park at the Hardwick Inn and then walked up to Hardwick Hall and gardens. Nice shop and eateries up there and tables where you can sit a eat if you take a packed lunch if the weather is ok. Some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

a fantastic day lots of helpful volunteers who know and are obviously very interested in the building and residents its also worth a look at the old hall we were extremely fortunate because there was a historian there who really got me interested in Beth of Hardwick a fascinating lady. Don't know about facilities for wheelcahair users

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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A nice walk and stopped to have a coffee. Also food served. Tables outside also with a lovely view over Derbyshire. Also small gift shop.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
5 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Keen to support the NT, a spontaneous decision was made to eat a late lunch at Hardwick. Sadly, the serving of main courses ended at 1500 and only "light bites" were available. The baked potatoes served were very poor and I don't know how they avoided the waste bin - perhaps they were left over from lunch! I actually ordered... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is beautiful on a Sunday morning walk around the grounds and a fab coffee house well worth a visit

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Totland, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The National Trust have made this house a wonderful place to visit and offer the usual additions of expertly groomed gardens and modern cafe and shop facilities. The very popular house is not a problem if it is very busy as the National Trust have as usual allowed for large numbers to visit without being inconvenienced. The house and extensive... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a lovely palace/ Castle to visit, amazing history and grand rooms. The grounds are immense and have flocks of sheep wandering the land. At one of the entrances is the pretty and quant Hardwick Inn. A very old hospitable Inn using fresh produce from the Hall in their kitchens. The food is glorious. Well worth a visit.

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37 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Didn't do the hall, just went for breakfast. Good food that we ate sitting outside on the terrace. The shops are open in the morning too, even though the house isn't. Good quality items for sale plus excellent lemon curd

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