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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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A Ruin with a View

Great to visit before going into the new hall, sets Bess's life and passion for building in context. Amazing views from the top but very windy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great to visit before going into the new hall, sets Bess's life and passion for building in context. Amazing views from the top but very windy!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fascinating old hall in the grounds of Hardwick Hall. Many stairs to climb, and mainly open to the elements, but worth a visit.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

As with all National Trust sites it balances history with good food knowledgeable staff and local interest, all while preserving fantastic sites, buildings and landscapes for future generations.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We were peeved that we had to argue for the kids (7, 10 and 14) to receive the audio tour headphones as well as the adults; and felt that we were all treated with some suspicion, which is far from how we wish to be treated on a day out. The audio tour really brought the hall to life, we... More 

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Valencia, Spain
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Entering Hardwick Gardens is a pleasure to see the old trees, each one like an ancient wise person. The architecture of the house is stunning, very impressive. In December 2014 they had a Christmas tree competition which we all liked very much. 24 little tree Santas are hiding in the garden, a band played Christmas carols and the inside of... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It looks a ruin, hardly surprising given its age. Was amazed you could go to the top and get the great views by going up some stairs, if you are scared of heights, stay at the bottom :-)

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

a good insight into life before Beth moved on to greater things although I still think it would have been pretty grand

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Managed by English Heritage but free to we National Trust members the Old Hall is now very much a ruin but it comes to life with the superb audio guide which is freely available making it a brilliant tour. Fortunately we are still reasonably fit and mobile but there are so many steps that we would judge it unsuitable for... More 

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This building is an exciting place & explains the origins of Bess of Hardwick before she became the powerful and influential lady of Queen Elizabeth 1 time.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a very iconic and majestic place to look around. You can wander around at your leisure and take in all the history. An afternoon well spent.

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