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Hardwick Old Hall

Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
44 1264 850 431
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Chesterfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As a complimentary add on to NT members visiting Hardwick Hall we found the old hall fascinating. As a ruin there is enough for most to imagine what it would have been like in its prime. Interesting features and slightly eerie too. Fantastic views and informative audio guide.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Fantastic value if you are a NT member as free admission and parking. You can get into the old Hall for free with an audio guide, even though run by the English Heritage. The guide gives a lot more information. Climb up the stairs, there are lots of them but you don't notice them as you are too busy listening... More

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Mansfield, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was the Hardwick family home until Bess built Hardwick Hall in what had effectively been it's garden. Once the family moved out they removed all the fixtures, then the locals removed all the stones to build walls. What's left is of historical importance but little less. Worth dropping in if you're at Hardwick Hall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Difficult for those who have physical disabilities, but very interesting to look around, and fantastic views from the top.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We visit Hardwick Halls,along with the gardens, Old Hall, Park,Restaurant at least every couple of months and watch how nature takes please with the different seasons in the gardens, which are a pleasure to visit. The New Hall is an intriguing place to visit and one of the NT finest, so usually look around this twice a year, and of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The romantic ruin of Hardwick Old Hall is a wonderful sight. Don't be tempted to by-pass it on your way to the new hall. There is an excellent audio guide giving the fascinating history, and several well-preserved reliefs that bring the building to life. The views of the surrounding countryside and the new hall are breathtaking. The volunteers are friendly... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Loved the ruins and could see that the original building must have been something in Bess's time. Think that this would have been my choice of residence - but then it was all about displaying wealth so the new house had to be built and Bess could afford to be ostentatious.

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