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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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We only had a morning to spare so decided to go to Hardwick Old Hall rather than Hardwick Hall and we were not disappointed. It was fantastic to be able to walk to the top floor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We only had a morning to spare so decided to go to Hardwick Old Hall rather than Hardwick Hall and we were not disappointed. It was fantastic to be able to walk to the top floor of what in most places is a ruin. The views were amazing with Bolsover Castle in the distance to the north. The old friezes... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We loved this place. There is something majestic about it with some stunning fireplaces still visible. The audio tour was really informative and the grounds are lovely for a walk around

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is part of the Hardwick estate, but run by English Heritage rather than NT with an extra entrance fee. There are about 120 steps to climb, but they aren't steep. It's basically just a ruin, and there is only a very limited view when you get to the top. Worth it if you've got the time.....

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56 reviews 56 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is quite an amazing 4 storey building, some of the origonal fresco's can be seen as you climb up the stairs to different floors of the house. Wonderful views and plenty of history, with Bess;s new hall next door plus all the parklands it's difficult to fit everything into 1 day!!!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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106 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

You would only really do this as part of a greater tour of Hardwick Hall - in my opinion. It is ruined but interesting in its own way. The audio was definitely beneficial and helped your understanding of the building.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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 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
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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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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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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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