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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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Old and very interesting.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Market Harborough
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Market Harborough
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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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Warwick
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82 reviews 82 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Definitely take the time to tour the Old Hall. The cost of admission includes an audio guide which is very good. While the Old Hall is a ruin, it is amazing to see that quite a bit of the original plaster work above fireplaces remains. It is obvious that this was once a quite grand home! If not a member... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was one of the most fascinating places we have visited. Designed by Bess of Hardwick who on nearing completion decided to build the New Hardwick Hall over the road and left this one to ruin. It's fascinating to walk round and with the aid of an audio tour imagine what it would have been like. You can also go... More 

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Bolsover, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We went round the old hall while waiting for the main hall to oen and it was well worth a visit to put in context the changes that 'Bess' made.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is the old hall and you have to pay £5.00 each extra to get in, but it is well worth it, but there is a lot of climbing with very steep stairs.

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UK
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84 reviews 84 reviews
44 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Worth visiting whilst on same site. Ruin or original house, headsets informative and helped to guide yourself around the ruin as well as info boards at key points. Lots of stone steps which are u even, so may not be suitable for all. Interesting.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Great story to be told of royal and diabolical political intrigue. All very dramatic and part of a sensational historical site and estate. Well worth NT membership and doing your bit to preserve a rich heritage. Site very well run with lots to see and do for children too.

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Norfolk UK
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Well worth taking the hand held guides & listening to the story of Bess & the life & times of the old ruin. I was amazed at how far round we went, the views from the top were well worth the climb. We then went to the new hall & were just in time to hear the guide tell more... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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