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Hardwick Old Hall

Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
44 1264 850 431
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Ranked #4 of 21 Attractions in Chesterfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

As members of National Trust (NT), whenever we have the opportunity to visit a place, we do so. We were camping locally in Bakewell so it seem logical to visit Hardwick Old Hall and Hardwick Hall & Gardens. As NT members you are able to visit both for free! I was with my wife and 4 yr. old daughter -... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I think if we'd paid the £20 it would have cost us to get in to the property, we would have been disappointed. The shell of the building is very dramatic and the history surprising, but small(ish) children will only spend so long reading information boards, before they start demanding lunch with menaces. The best feature is the winding staircase... More

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Weybridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Started our visit to the Hardwick Estate here. As English Heritage members we had free entrance but bought the audio guide, which was very interesting and made the site more understandable. Incredible views from the top floor. The exhibition in the west lodge tells the story of Bess of Hardwick and so prepared us for our later visit to the... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

You know what you are getting with a National Trust property. The food might not be the cheapest but the quality and choice are consistent - and you can hardly find a better setting than the newly refurbished cafe here.

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northampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited this English Heritage (EH) site with our 2 children who are 6 and 4. The entrance was a little confusing, the site houses 2 Hardwick Halls one belonging to EH and the other to National Trust (NT). The parking is free for members of either organisation but a small fee applies if not. As you arrive in the... More

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St Helens
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Next to the New Hardwick Hall and open on the same days. Run by English Heritage but free to NT members. Derelict but you can still see some of the Decorative features over the fire places . With you being able to go up to the top floor(need to be quite fit) by means of the original staircase and a... More

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Derbyshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Although living quite local it has been quite a number of years since last visiting Hardwick Hall. We found the visit very much different from the ones from those years gone by. The national trust have done an amazing job and continue to do so. Quite different from the palatial home of Chatsworth but no less interesting, especially the OLD... More

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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Old Hall is next to Hardwick House. Unfortunately when we came here the Old Hall was closed. We were told it had been flooded. My friend was particularly disappointed because she was keen to see it. It is right next to Hardwick Hall and shares the same facilities. The gardens at Hardwick Hall are available to visitors to The... More

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited Hardwick Old Hall after visiting Hardwick Hall and Stainsby Mill. The Old Hall is a ruin but the audio tour made it a very interesting place to visit. The views from the roof are excellent. Our 11 year old son actually preferred the Old Hall to the newer version.

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

Audio tour interesting and despite being a ruin there is a lot to see. There is access to the top of the building and the views are worth the negotiation of birds and bats!

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