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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
Phone Number: +44 1246 850430
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have...

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.

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The House of Bess

So, we end at the beginning in a crazy roundabout way. One of the most influential Ladies in the world. And just a staggering amount of history. We timed it so we had the talk out... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

So, we end at the beginning in a crazy roundabout way. One of the most influential Ladies in the world. And just a staggering amount of history. We timed it so we had the talk out the front, which being October was excellent because it was not a big crowd day. The place and gardens just outstanding. There is so... More 

Thank Ps_Phil
Hull, East Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day out very educational, the displays are very good, and the whole estate including the old hall well worth a visit.

Thank Kendublu
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great exhibition this place has - I learned something of our royal history that I had not known through the exhibition about Arbell, who was 'almost' our queen. What machinations were played out and such a tragic tale. Staff were well informed and helpful

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Bolsover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit. We visit quite often with young children. There's loads of room for them to run about and let off steam. There are toy boxes outside with lots of different games to play, football's, huge dominoes, badminton, hula hoops and more. The gardens are really nice and the kids love hiding in them. The house isn't... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’d wanted to visit Hardwick Hall for a long time after reading about Bess of Hardwick and I wasn’t disappointed. Bess created an amazing place and it’s pretty much intact from her time. It’s a great place to see Tudor tapestries, paintings and architecture. They also had a lot on display from the last Cavendish to live there in the... More 

Thank RobLong214
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent place to visit for walks around the grounds as well as the gardens and houses. The staff are great, (very helpful) and the café serves up some wonderful food at reasonable prices (in contrast to the café at nearby Clumber Park- (also NT) which, on our last visit , was expensive and poor quality).

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday morning breakfast and a walk was the plan. The hall itself was closed, which I understand is seasonal. Main reason was for food with a view. Very busy cafe, great for families judging by the number of children I guess they must have a good selection for the younger ones. We both opted for the full English. I asked... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hardwick Hall is very interesting and seems to be a like a huge time capsule. Architecturally it's a gem, unspoilt inside and out with much furniture and some unusual artefacts. The guide who gave us a introduction to the house was very knowledgeable and put Bess of Hardwick's involvement in the political scene of the time into context. The gardens... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wished to see where the famous Bess of Hardwick Hall lived, and not only did we see the last hall, we had a bonus as NT members to visit the old ruined hall run by English Heritage. A great visit with knowledgeable stewards in each room.

Thank lewiskal
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly Wonderful. This is such an amazing place with a history you would say was a work of fiction... but no! It all really happened. Marriages, deaths, fortunes made and lost, and even claims to the throne of England! This National Treasure is one to celebrate and not to be missed. We can't wait to pay a return visit.

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