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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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Downtown Timperley
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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Burnley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

the food was very good and reasonably priced but we seemed to be hurried by the staff,as soon as one course was done the next was there straight away not giving us time to digest the first course

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Visited around lunchtime. Note that the car park is a fair way from the entrance but there is disabled parking nearer. Car parking was a bit haphazard - they might want to consider having someone directing people into spaces. Many cars in the disabled spaces were hanging over the path - not sure how that would work for anyone in... More

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Harrogate
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15 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

First time visit to Hardwick Hall on route to Matlock. The gardens and grounds are lovely, however the House is very disappointing compared to other National Trust properties. If you love tapestries great - if not wouldn't recommend.

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This Place is very interesting. I was able to make use of the golf buggy as the house is quite a walk from the car park .At the start of our tour we listened to a lady who was in the role of Bess of Hardwick. Her speech was very memorable and funny which enabled our family to remember the... More

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

During a recent visit to the UK from our home in Canada, we visited Hardwick Hall in company with some friends. A really memorable place to visit - a first-hand look at the world of "upstairs-downstairs" There's plenty of parking, although it is located a fair walking distance from the house and gardens. The self-guided tour of the house itself... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Free for National Trust members, I have been there many times with family. Highly recommend place fantastic walks, excellent place for ramblers and runners!

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Went on a family trip to Hardwick Hall today with a 4 year old and a 4 month old. Great facilities for all ages. Plenty of space for 4 year old to run around outside, with den making facilities and large bricks for building which he thought was fabulous. In the house there was a room which contained activity things/colouring... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

We visited Hardwick Hall with an age range of people from 14months going up to 63yrs. It was lovely, they had some giant outdoor games for the children to play with. The children made friends with other children and it was very hard to drag them away. We parked at the bottom car park so we had a nice walk... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Ive just joined the national trust and this was one of our first places that we have visited and it really is a fabulous place to visit. The house is steeped in history and the gardens and grounds are fantastic It is really worth joining the national trust so you get the chance to see such beautiful properties

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