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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
Birmingham UK
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142 reviews 142 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent nearly six hours here. We listened to the introductory talk about Bess of Hardwick who seemed to be extremely shrewd and eventually very rich. We then visited the house much of which is open to the public. After lunch we followed on the walks around the estate which took us down to the Mill Pond. Only part of... More

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Attard, Malta
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The gardens were lovely to go round and the food was good. I had the sausages and mash, I recommend them. The beef was also good. Check out the opening days and times carefully, when I went with family we didn't realise the house is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. We would have loved to see it, but it... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Hardwick Hall is a beautiful house which takes ages to explore. The Hall is set in magnificent grounds with amazing views. The parkland stretches for miles and is breathtaking with beautiful lakes. The garden is amazing and ever changing with the seasons. The herb garden is very interesting with evert herb you can think of. The are lots of paths... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Enjoyed every minute spent at this lovely, well kept, house and gardens. We especially enjoyed walking around the old ruins of Hardwick Hall which is run by both English heritage and NT adjacent to the existing building. We choose to take a picnic and enjoyed sitting in the lovely well maintained gardens. Well worth a visit with young or old... More

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West Yorkshire, England
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What a beautiful hall, lots to see and do, took ages looking round the rooms and the kitchens were facinating. Great coffee and cake. Bought a few items in the shop (as usual). All the guides/staff we spoke to were very informative and helpful. Will return.

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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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54 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a beautiful house built by Bess of Hardwick. There is a lot to see and there is a pretty herb garden. I had not heard much about Hardwick Hall and came because a friend wanted to visit. I am very glad I came because the house is full of interest and Bess of Hardwick led a very colourful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited Hardwick Hall after visiting Stainsby Mill. We listened to the introductory talk before entering the house. The house was fascinating and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The gift shop was great (we even bought some Christmas cards) and the toilets were modern and clean. We will have to return to visit the grounds.

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Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A National trust classic with excellent gardens. The guides were informative and the rooms maintained to a very high standard. Disabled visitors would struggle to get around the hall due to the age of the building and numerous steps

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

the old hardwick hall is english heritage with an audio to take round with you explaining the rooms that would have been there.lot of stairs but worth the climb. the new hardwick hall is full of tapestries and not much furniture, this is national trust and no audio just well trained volunteers to tell the story of Bess. yes there... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Lots to do here. Beside the new Hall, open to peruse with some lovely gardens, you can also look around the old Hall, although you do have to pay separately to see this, it is not part of the entry fee for the new Hardwick Hall. The attraction offers lots of quizzes for children as you walk around the house... More

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