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“Stunning contrast of historic bulidings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hardwick Hall and Gardens

Hardwick Hall and Gardens
Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
44 1246 850 430
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Ranked #1 of 22 Attractions in Chesterfield
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands.It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s.In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.We want you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.Explore the enchanting Elizabethan mansion, take a stroll in our peaceful gardens, enjoy seasonal and locally produced food at our Restaurant, get closer to nature with a walk in the Park and much much more.
Cork, Ireland
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“Stunning contrast of historic bulidings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Just before entering the estate of Hardwick there is a fascinating mill worth seeing. It is fully restored by the National Trust (NT) and the tour is fascinating, especially if you are interested in the technology of olden times - we can still learn a lot! If you are familiar with Bess of Hardwick the visit will be even more interesting. From the minute you enter the gate you will be made most welcome and a guide is available with a short presentation before you start your tour. Visit the NEW Hall first and then the OLD ruined Hall - there is wealth of historical knowledge to be gained from this fascinating place and the history of Bess herself is amazing. Yes there is a fee but not for NT members.

Visited October 2012
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Norfolk--uk
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“Hardwick Hall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Excellent place to visit. The tour guide was superb--he made the tour VERY entertaining. The gardens were beautiful. Coupled this with visit to Stainsby Mill, which was also great.

Visited September 2012
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic tapestries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This hall is a national trust property and is two separate houses built by the same person.The oldest house is now a ruin but you may still climb the inside and see the magnificent views from the top of the house.There is also a audio tour of this house which is very informative. The tapestries cover virtually every wall in the new house and though the colour has faded on most you can still see the scenes they show. One of the best properties we have visit- well worth visiting if you are in the area.

Visited October 2012
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Derby
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“Get the Audio tour, it helps to associate with Building Bess!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Two halls, the newer house is the walk round with all the furniture, lovely wide staircases and richly decorated and furnished rooms, excellent cafe in the servants halls (well recommended the hotpot/casserole all cooked on the premises with local produce). The old hall is partly ruins, BUT you can see how Building Bess made her living, by marrying up the social ladder! Do get the audio tour it is well worth it, because it puts you in the life of the aristocracy and how they carried out their lives. See the plaster work on the chimney breast....... Now look out over the views and see other houses of interest (like Chatsworth) it all comes into being, as a family of sisters that lived life to the full. Plenty of parking. Lovely gardens to amble through, plant sales available. See the large fig tree in the wall before you go to the old hall. Roses and vegetables are on view in season. A shop with good range of historical books on offer.

Visited September 2012
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Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
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“Magnificent National Trust property”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

A beautiful property, magnificently preserved. If in the Derbyshire/East Midlands area, make sure you visit it as it is one of the best National Trust properties. Nearby is the M1 motorway, and one elderly American tourist was heard to ask why the hall was built so near the motorway!

Visited May 2012
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