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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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Fascinating & Welcoming

Highly recommended National Trust site that feels very welcoming and is well staffed with knowledgeable and pleasant staff. The grounds are lovely and the house is very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Visited on Easter Monday to find the house closed. Perfectly understandable that the house needs to be closed 2 days a week for conservation and to protect the tapestries from light damage. However it is beyond me why you would still close Easter Monday? Surely the national trust are missing a trick here. We did pay to go into the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Highly recommended National Trust site that feels very welcoming and is well staffed with knowledgeable and pleasant staff. The grounds are lovely and the house is very interesting with the current exhibit around Arbella shedding light on little known bits of history. Very nice atmosphere and seems to cater well for families too. The gift shop was well stocked and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a great day out for my daughter's 15th birthday. The staff were very informative. Would highly recommend it. Learnt about the story of Arbella, which I was never taught about at school, even though it is apart of the local history. Great for the hole family, looking forward to going back and doing the woodland walks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is a place that I have wanted to visit for a very long time and I wasn't disappointed! It was a beautiful sunny day which helped but it is a stunning place to visit. The staff were all very friendly as well. I only wish we had more time there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We'll worth the visit. Excellent tour of both the Old and New Hall. Learnt a great deal about Bess of Hardwick and her life as a close friend to Elizabeth 1st. Exceptional service provided by the NT. Some lovely walks which are well signed around the grounds.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the Hall was made most enjoyable by an introduction from one of the experienced volunteer guides. Thanks to his entertaining and informative talk, we were able to fully appreciate the exhibition. A cream team in the tea room was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

New car park and tourist areas very good. House and gardens never anything less than wonderful. We stop off on our way to and from Scotland and always spend longer there than we plan.

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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

lots of information available relating to the history of the site. Particularly liked the free audio guides,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Visited during easter school holidays with our two children (11 & 15) didn't go round the house this time but have previously and it's well worth a visit. Walked round the formal gardens which are fabulous and we are very much looking forward to visiting in the summer when the flowers are blooming. The stable yard had loads of games... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

The National Trust owns and runs Hardwick Hall, just off the M1 south of Rotherham, and everything shines with their dedication. The volunteers are all so keen and knowledgable, besides very willing to answer questions and expand into discussion! The House is outstanding with it's tapestries and genuine artifacts dating back to Elizabeth I's era - indeed Bess and family... More 

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