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Hardwick Hall and Gardens

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
Phone Number: 44 1246 850 430
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Description: Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have...
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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A pleasant day in an interesting house.

We enjoyed visiting Hardwick Hall. Started with a coffee - the location was pretty cold unfortunately - Although it is mid summer - no need for air conditioning!! Enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed visiting Hardwick Hall. Started with a coffee - the location was pretty cold unfortunately - Although it is mid summer - no need for air conditioning!! Enjoyed the initial introduction to the house by the entertaining Bess of Hardwick. This put the house into context. Many interesting embroideries....some seemed rather similar....and not too colourful. I am not complaining... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

On route to Oxfordshire recently, my husband and I decided to stop here for lunch and a look around the hall and grounds. There is a fee for parking and entry but as we are National Trust members it was free. This is really 2 visits in 1 as on site, there is also Old Hardwick Hall which is run... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

disappointed in this place , no staff offered help for disable person.long walk from carpark .no offer of mobilty scooter like some nt places .so many steps inside waste of money ,left within a short time while there . ok for able bodies

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Huddersfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

History! Who wrote it? Generally 'them wot won'; there is a story behind Bess of Hardwick and it is a hard one of poor girl makes good, makes money, gets security for the offspring, but with such bitterness and not a lot of sweet. Take time to listen to the tours; the audio for the old house is very good;... More 

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Derbyshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit here - very interesting, lots to see and an interesting (though minimalist) exhibition.

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West Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

A great national trust property. We checked online before arriving and found we could get an explorer pack, you leave a £10 deposit and then it has a trail which you complete, not just any old trail you make thinks, smell things etc! Well worth it. The house is also good.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I took my grandchildren for a visit because I wanted to see the Arbella Exhibition. It was fantastic. I have read about Arbella but learned and saw so much more. The children (8, 10, 13) have been before enjoyed the quizz about Arbella. As well as visiting the house, we loved the tea and cake while the kids played with... More 

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Love the grounds, gardens, walks, shop, cafe/restaurant and the old hall but was disappointed with the main house.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Imposing building lacking in any real atmosphere - contents and paintings not on a par with many other houses. Impressive tapestries. The story of Bess (and Arbella) adds so much value though. Brilliant introduction by the guide outside the house (Colin Blunt or something like that) - so good we all applauded!!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I visit several times each year. The garden and hall plus the public footpaths are always a delight to see. The staff are very enthusiastic and helpful. The restaurant and shop are a great asset.

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Additional Information about Hardwick Hall and Gardens

Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
Phone Number: 44 1246 850 430
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Chesterfield
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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