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Hardwick Hall and Gardens

Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
44 1246 850 430
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Ranked #1 of 22 Attractions in Chesterfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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English first
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

we wanted somewhere safe to take our new puppy on his first walk and hardwick gardens proved fabulous, with much for him and us to explore - and lots for us to explore as he gets bigger... we topped off the morning with a cream tea :) super lovely - much fun had by all. x

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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

There are two halls at Hardwick, the 'new' hall constructed right at the end of the C16 is complete and still with a large amount of its original furniture and tapestries, and the 'old' hall, now a ruin. During the lifetime of Bess of Hardwick who had the new hall constructed, and for around three centuries after that, the old... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This House has a wonderful and unique story to tell and the NT and its guides tell that story very well. Bess of Hardwick is brought to life for those who do not know of this remarkable Elizabethan woman and for those who have read of her they still bring in interesting new facts.The House is her creation and what... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

As national trust members we were looking for somewhere to visit in the Derbyshire area. What a place this is lots to see and do and something to interest most people and the bonus was the old hall which is English heritage was also free to national trust members. We spent 5 hours here but could have easily spent longer... More

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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This a fantastic place to visit with the family. There are the ruins of the old hall and the superbly preserved new hall. Lots of interesting history to read about.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I just love this place..... It is my favourite place in Derbyshire. From the moment you see this building it's just a wonderful sight. We went to Chatsworth the day before which is a wonderful place to go, but Hardwick is, in my opinion better. The tapestries on the walls are magnificent. The picture of Queen Elizabeth 1st in the... More

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Bexhill, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Hardwick Hall is a beautiful house full of the most marvelous tapestries , the kitchen was full of mouthwatering smells as a lady was cooking in the old fashion way. The gardens were worth visiting, in fact I would give the whole place a gold star.

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The pre entry talk by Colin was superb and captured the flavour of the place, while the Restaurant staff were actually very helpful. The Hall was one of the most enjoyable NT places to visit and is a 'must' for anyone in the area.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We first visited Hardwick Hall many years ago and very impressed with our return visit - facilities excellent- particularly the cafe - our meal was first class - the room guides were enthusiastic and knowledgable - the old hall - which was out of bounds when we visited years ago is open and run by English heritage - again very... More

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Cottingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Bess of Hardwick - what a woman ! And this wonderful place is a reflection of her acumen and ambition . The Hall is immaculately kept and has passionate and knowledgable guides . Don't miss the kitchen garden

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