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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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English first
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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174 reviews 174 reviews
52 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited on a day when the Hall itself wasn't open and made a second trip to visit the Hall itself. The Hall is amazing and the scale of the rooms hard to take in. The parkland is great and you can easily spend a couple of hours walking on signed routes. Well worth a visit.

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Sheffield
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9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have become National Trust members and are starting to visit all local properties. This is a beautiful property and many people are volunteers who take a pride and great interest in the property their enthusiasm shines through. Before touring the property we listened to a talk from one of the volunteers about the history of the house and specifically... More

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed a recent visit to Hardwick Hall. Quite easy to reach via M1 and plenty of parking space. Lots of things to see in the Hall especially for tapestry/wall hanging buffs and a very lofty experience climbing up the floors of the Old Hall close by. The cafe was also excellent and worth having lunch or a light snack.... More

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Birmingham, UK
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26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our first visit here having passed by so many times on the M1. We arrived early afternoon and called in at the old hall first. By the time we finished the old hall we caught the last introductory talk before entering the house. Very interesting, a fantastic collection of tapestries, some of which have fantastic colours. The house overall is... More

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sheffield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was my second visit to this NT property and I was amazed how much I must have missed from my previous visit. This time I searched in every little nook and cranny and I was surprised at my findings. A lot of the walls are covered in beautiful tapestries and some of walls had bare spaces, this I discovered... More

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