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Hardwick Old Hall

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
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I have referred to the Old Hall in my review of the New one - it's a great ruin, enhanced by the audio guide and with stunning views in all directions. The plaster friezes are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I have referred to the Old Hall in my review of the New one - it's a great ruin, enhanced by the audio guide and with stunning views in all directions. The plaster friezes are fantastic and must have been a real sight to behold in their day.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you visit Hardwick Hall make sure you take in the Old Hall too. Even existing now only as a shell of its former glories you get the feel of history surrounding you.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The Old Hall is adjacent to the main Hardwick Hall (see separate TripAdvisor page) and is quite different. It is virtually a ruin but there is still enough to enjoy for an hour or so. The audio guide does a good job of making the visit more interesting and explains the relationship between the old and new halls and Bess... More 

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oswaldtwistle
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

not what we was expecting basicly just a shell but the audio tour made it worthwhile another entry to our tour

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

As you walk towards Hardwick Hall you pass Old Hall , Impressive ruins , good talking commentary , only takes about 1/2hr , but uneven levels prevented me from exploring further than the ground floor but that didn't stop Mr H. We belong to English Heritage so was worth a visit ,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Visited here as part of our trip to Hardwick Hall. As others have said, it is quite expensive if you don't have national trust membership but saying that, membership is so cheap it's going to make sense for most people to join anyway. Think ours is 8 quid a month for 2 of us. Anyway, I'm digressing. The whole skeleton... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

As you arrive into Hardwick Hall and gardens you are invited by endless gorgeous scenery and wildlife. You can definitely tell how much money and time has been spent into making it so picturesque. They also have a lovely modern cafe and little tricker shop serving only their own fresh produce. There is a large variety of home made cakes,... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited the new hall and got free entry because we are national trust members. The ruins are impressive and you get some incredible views. We were only there for about half an hour though and I would have been very disappointed if I'd had to pay. There are a lot of steps which are uneven so one of our... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

a very interesting ruin. the history was well told on the audio guide and the whole experience was excellent. good walk from the carpark but there where buggies to help you get there. Hardwick Hall was opposite so easy to do do the two houses. long walk to the mill but also worth a visit.

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Tamworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is Bess of Hardwick's home before she built Hardwick Hall. Now in ruins but it's worth going in - you have to pay if you're not a member of English Heritage - just for a closer view.

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