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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 20 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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Spalding, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

friendly helpful staff all the way round the site. beautiful buildings with breathtaking views especially from the top of the old hall. very interesting buildings and much to see. we ran out of time to do the walks around the grounds and visit Stainsby Mill so must return somtime! Restaurant was lovely with homemade food and freshly picked homegrown vegetables.... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The old hall is in such a superb position to get the best views all around. The ruins are easily explored with a good audio guide to help recreate its original splendour. The stables cafe is a must as they have the best scones I have ever tasted (try the rhubarb and ginger scones). Plenty of walks for the dog... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Decided to visit Hardwick Hall whilst taking a break at Thorseby (that's another story!) what an absolute delight. As we were too early to visit the new hall we ambled across to the old hall and was pleasantly surprised to discover that as National Trust members we were able to access this wonderful building free of charge (English Heritage). It... More

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It's a large open, hilly site. Good cafe, shop and garden shop. Lovely, well kept gardens full of interesting shrubs and plants. An interesting house that's easy to wander through thanks to a one-way route set out inside. Very knowledgeable guides who did not intrude but answered questions when asked.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We received a voucher from our daughter to visit a National Trust property for free so as we were staying in Winster we chose Hardwick Hall. We parked easily in the large car park and walked to the New Hall via the courtyard with shops and restaurant and the Old Hall. We got to the Old Hall just in time... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Lived in Chesterfield all our life's and it's the first time we have been to hardwick hall , very beautiful place, grand house and the gardens are lovely, they have fairy tree house which you have to find, it is so cute,we will be going again didn't do the old hall which you can go in the ruins.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had a wonderful time walking around first the gardens and then the ruins the house was amazing and the guides where full of knowledge. The cafe was alittle hectic and they got our order wrong however it did not spoil our day

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Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

As it was such a lovely day, we didn't even get up to the Hall and Gardens. We parked up by the Hardwick Inn and had a walk around both of the lakes, stopping for a picnic on the way. Watched a couple of squirrels running up and down trees, and Great Crested Grebes diving for (and catching fish), saw... More

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We made use of our National Trust membership again and so saved a good £30 on our day trip to here (it is such a bargain to make the investment). I had heard good things about here and so was looking forward to the day. It can be viewed from the M1 when approaching and there is a very long... More

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Stoke on Trent
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Hardwick Hall is a most impressive pile, seen from the M1 as one speeds past it. It is worth pulling off and taking a look and hearing about the lady of this manor, Bess, a most enterprising woman who, it seems defied convention by inheriting the wealth of several husbands to become fabulously wealthy. On a sunny day, this was... More

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