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Hardwick Old Hall

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
Phone Number: 44 1264 850 431
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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What a wonderful surprise to see this amazing building which initially looks derelict but actually preserves some amazing plasterwork and shows the beauty of the original design... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful surprise to see this amazing building which initially looks derelict but actually preserves some amazing plasterwork and shows the beauty of the original design. This was a special bonus and well worth viewing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Reflecting the prodigious wealth and influence of its creator, the Old Hall - close to its successor - tells its own story of the rise of Bess of Hardwick. It is a ruin - with good reason! In the care of English Heritage there is a reciprocal arrangement with the National Trust and the 'New Hall. I would recommend an... More 

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I'm not a fan of ruins but there was plenty of information, a great history and lots of the building and stairs you could still access. Highlight of my trip was the fallen bat, however. They roost in the building.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Visited here along with the new hall. The interactive guide is worthwhile and you really can picture how it would have been. Right up at the top you can see for miles around, if you take out the M1 then its perfect! Think it took us about an hour to get round whilst listening to the audio and was very... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Visited here in conjunction with the new hall,this older ruin held more interest for me than the new one ,although a ruin so much have been saved and you can imagine what life was like for those of Royal blood ..beautiful ruins and views across the dales...cannot think of anywhere more satisfying.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Being a member of both national trust and English heritage I was able to get into the old hall, new hall and ground for free Its places like this that make being a member of these trusts worth it Wonderful place to walk around and peer into the past of how these places were actually constructed by seeing the walls... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

If you like history you will enjoy the visit , good facts and history , clean and tidy place , nice day out x

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Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We visited the Old Hall (English Heritage) before going to the new hall (National Trust). As the old hall is in ruins, the free audio guide really helped to bring the building to life. The commentary was informative but not boring and you had the option of hearing about some sections in more depth if you chose to. Glad we... More 

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Market Harborough
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The Old Hall really is old but has been preserved in a way that makes the best of what is left from what was a much grander building. The size of what remains makes you realise what a huge building it once was and how ostentatious it must have been. You do need to be careful as you go round... More 

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North Bucks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Owned by English Heritage one can visit the Old Hall using one's National Trust membership. The free audio guide is excellent, as well as the various information boards placed around the site. One must climb to the top of the ruins to get some idea of where this building is in relation to surrounding countryside. Next time we travel up... More 

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Additional Information about Hardwick Old Hall

Address: Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
Phone Number: 44 1264 850 431
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Chesterfield
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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