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Hardwick Old Hall

Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
44 1264 850 431
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Ranked #3 of 21 Attractions in Chesterfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Downtown Timperley
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The "old " Hall is in the grounds of Hardwick's Hall, a few steps away from Bess of Hardwick's place. Just a shell of a building, which must have been magnificent in its time, but worth a look , although whether it's worth an extra fee is debatable.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

As English Heritage members we had free entrance to Old Hall only whereas the New Hall and Gradens belong to NT therefore paid. Interesting exhibition of Bess of Hardwick. Need to take the audio guide, which make the site more understandable. The ruin is partially rebuilt and you can get uo to the third floor. The view is Incredible!

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Access the Old Hall via the New Hall as they are next to each other. The Old Hall is run by English Heritage and the New Hall by National Trust. There is an audio tour available, please use this as it gives you additional information that the boards do not contain. There are some remnants of the old plaster frieze... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Well worth a visit but nearly missed the place as not sign posted however it is right next Hardwick Hall and Gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We are National Trust for Scotland members so we got into Hardwick Old Hall as part of our entry to Hardwick Hall and Gardens. It is well worth visiting both. My in-laws are not English Heritage or NT members so had to pay around £17 each to visit both places. The Old Hall is open from 10am and took us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

amazing and interesting better with a headset because you learn alot more about it and u dont miss anything

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Take your time here and take in the history of the old hall. The view from the top is well worth the climb up the historic steps. Well worth a visit. p.s. Look for the only piece of original glass left in the windows. Not easy to spot, but it is there.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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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