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Hardwick Old Hall

Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
44 1264 850 431
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Ranked #5 of 20 attractions in Chesterfield
Type: Historic Sites
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Burwash, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Very good reception and help from staff. The audio guide provides masses of information and is very easy to follow. Layout is clear and views are amazing. A very good introduction to Bess of Hardwick. Recommend a visit her prior to new Hardwick Hall.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had a really nice visit here, but the site is quite small, and could't see the old hall, which is what I wanted to see, as it is only open on certain days. A little on the expensive side too for what you get to see, but well worth a visit.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We are English Heritage members, so get free entry. If we go to Hardwick Hall then we usually have a quick look around the Old Hall as well. The view from the top is quite nice. However, I don't think I would pay the entrance fee to get in. That isn't to say that there is anything particularly wrong with... More

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Yorkshire
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It's a old ruin but you can walk up the top it's very high but information given about the different rooms and their are some pictures to how the room would have looked years ago

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

After visiting the current hall and hearing about Bess' life an insight into her previous life completed the picture. What appears to be a ruin of little interest from the outside surprised us once we got inside. It would have been nice to see the place in its former glory.

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Essex
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21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited the Old Hall before the later one which is exactly the right thing to do. There is much more to this building than appears from the folly like exterior and the interpretation boards are among the best we have ever seen, leaving you very clear what is going on from the clues in the masonry. Despite the drizzle... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Looked around the old house, from the outside it looks like there is not much there, however it was really excellent. The audio tour is good, and the place is quite impressive. There are some hugh plasterwork is really good. The old hall is owned by English heritage and the new bit by the National Trust. We just visited the... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

What a wonderful place to see. The grand staircase is incredible & you can imagine the people living there many years ago.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

This is on the same site as Hardwick Hall and Gardens which are owned by The National Trust whereas the old hall is English Heritage. There is a lovely picturesque walk through the grounds to get to the old hall, quite a lot of walking involved. A very friendly welcome by staff, a very interesting property to look round. Would... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

A shell of an ancient house which is closer to Hardwick Hall than I thought. The audio guide is very good and explains the layout of the house as well as giving a brief history of the occupants and their relationship to Bess.

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