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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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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We only live down the road and had never visited so took the opportunity on a grim Autumnal afternoon. It was really enjoyable but with no audio guide, the only information came from printed booklets and laminated sheets or by talking with the guides. They were lovely and very informative, but my partner felt she would rather walk round and... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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45 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hardwick Hall is a great example of opulence, the number of windows, along with the tapestries demonstrate the wealth. You feel intimidated and in awe, rolled to Goshen you walk around.

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Midlands
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hardwick Hall must be one of the National Trust's great treasures. Nearby Old hall isn't NT but is included in the entry fee for NT members, otherwise an extra fee is payable. The audio guide for Old Hall was excellent and helped us to understand Bess's origins and life. Allow at least an hour just for this, preferably a bit... More

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Sedbergh
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27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The approach is a long single track road with some great long horn cows. Glance right and there is the mansion. It does not disappoint. Glass walling Tudor style. Symmetry, windows,gardens, tapestry, art and decor await you. A. Brilliant place to browse around . Listen to the intro to fill you in on this feisty lady. Girl power Tudor style.... More

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Uniformly lovely and unobtrusive staff. House is very interesting and there are lots of walks, with dogs permitted in the parkland.

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Weybridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a wonderful place! There is so much to see and do. We started at the old hall, and took advantage of the audio guide, which really made things clear about Bess and her rise to pre-eminence. Then on to the new hall which was fascinating. One of the highlights for me was the presence of two volunteers in Elizabethan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Visited with my three children and they absolutely loved it, I loved all the different games and activities set up on the lawns, they spent ages hula hooping. The Ames inside the house made them appreciate what they where there to look at even more and the lady in full costume was fantastic even though it was an extremely hot... More

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Cottingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Bess of Hardwick Hall was a fascinating character. Through four marriages she rose from relative middle class poverty to become the second richest woman in England after Elizabeth 1. It is best to begin your tour by listening to one of the detailed talks given by a guide. This gives you an insight into her achievements and makes you appreciate... More

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We arrived at midday and the place was already very busy. The drive to the car park had some amazing views which were pointed out by the car parking attendant. The car park had started to fill up but there was plenty of room. A short easy level walk to the kiosk and we were into the grounds. Straight to... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This building is deep in the countryside unlike some other old houses (e.g. Elizabethan Parham and Hever in our neck of the woods) so you get an appreciation of what it might have been like to live there in older times with modern civilisation not intruding upon you. The space inside is immense and by the end I was getting... More

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