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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 21 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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Jaen
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I really liked the fact you had the 'new' hall and the ruins of the old one. Get an audio guide if you're going to visit the old hall so you can visualise how it was. The access I thought was pretty poorly signed. We wanted to go to Hardwick Inn first, which was very good, so had to drive... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
49 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Just got back from a very pleasant visit to Hardwick Hall and I have to say we thouroughly enjoyed our outing. All the staff and volunteers were really helpful and the car park is large with plenty of grass surrounding it as - if like us - you fancy having a picnic whilst you are there although the Hall does... More

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High Wycombe
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Steeped in history,the rooms,paintings,furniture and tapestries were fascinating. We were able to tour the house at our leisure ,but helpful guides were on hand.An excellent modern restaurant in the grounds added to our enjoyment. The gardens were a disappointment ,greenery but little else.

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uk
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We loved Hardwicke Hall and the ruins. It was great to hear and see the history of the place and to learn about the residents who lived there and how it was built. I just love old places to visit it is very entertaining and great to hear about lives of the people who built it and lived in it... More

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The old hall is a ruin and owned by national heritage. We were not offered the audio tour and were only aware of its existence when we noticed other visitors with them. If you visit it would be worth having othdrwise its just a ruin. The newer hall built by Elizabeth Shrewsbury aka Bess of Hardwick is palatial and imposing... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Wonderful Hall the home of a lady with a fantastic rags to riches history . You must go to the " introduction " available before you see the hall itself informative , amazing, and funny.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We had a very enjoyable day at Hardwick Hall but make sure you listen to the guides talk before you go into the house.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

I just love visiting place all year round. I have only been I to the hall once as that was enough. The Hall feels dark with the decor in comparison to others. The audio tour of the ruins is worth having to help you try and visualise it when it was habitable. Hardwick generally is a great place to walk... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

we are regular visitors to Hardwick but haven't been over the summer due to not enjoying the main meal selection in the restaurant, we felt that what was on offer was minimal, poorly presented and not value for money. Have been spoilt by the Calke Abbey restaurant. So we thought that we would give it one more chance and what... More

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Downtown Timperley
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This national trust place is well worth a visit, but one warning. This is not a place for the disabled. Being an Elizabethan mansion, it is not wheelchair friendly. There are several flights of stairs and the Tudors neglected to put a lift in! The approach, on foot, from the car park is a bit of a pull, past the... More

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