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Hardwick Hall and Gardens

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
Phone Number: 44 1246 850 430
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12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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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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Beautiful place to visit

Visited here as we have NT membership with our 7 month old. Our plan was for a walk and some lunch. We were very impressed with the changing facility always a good added touch to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited here as we have NT membership with our 7 month old. Our plan was for a walk and some lunch. We were very impressed with the changing facility always a good added touch to have disposable paper towel to lay on the changing mat. Restaurant was accommodating for children, the menu even allowed for portions of food to be... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an incredible house. Impressive building and an impressive story about Bess of Shrewsbury. Incredible business woman. Beautifully looked after by the National Trust. People of all ages love this place and the life story of this woman is really fantastic. "Hardwick Hall, all glass and no wall." Beautiful big windows. Ceilings that get higher as you go up... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great place to visit and explore. Lots to see and do with the impressive Hall and its interesting history, to the ruin of the old hall a stones throw away. Fantastic views from the top of the ruin ( if you can manage the 127 steps up) . I knew nothing of Bess or her granddaughter Arabella before... More 

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Merseyside
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This property is like visiting 2 in 1 with the old hall and the 'new hall'. If you struggle with steps then the old hall might not be for you past the ground level but nevertheless it's fascinating. The 'new hall' which is far from new, is full of Elizabethan history. The architecture is fabulous but the story behind the... More 

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Thank Trekkin Traveller
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived locally for nearly 40 years and only this year have I decided to visit what is on my doorstep. My lesson is I've missed out on such a lot. We visited on bank August holiday Sunday and as we have joined the National Trust (I've got to be honest if you can afford it, it's a no brainier)... More 

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Thank Susie H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another fantastic NT property. Not the greatest of gardens in size, from what we saw, but there is a lot of parkland. The house paints a very good picture of life in the Elizabethan era.

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Somerset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A bright sunny day added to our enjoyment of Hardwick Hall. Pleanty of parking and level walk to grounds and Hall. Very interesting house with loads of history, very helpful guides to answer questins on hand. Quiz's for the children. Good eating houses and pop-up tea/coffee/ice-cream venues. All at reasonable prices. A good day out around house and gardens and... More 

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Thank ExmoorExplorer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited on a dull day, the ruins and house were amazing. The guides were knowledgable and willing to tell us the history if the house.

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Thank TracyandJulieS
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21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the old hall, gardens and woodland walk didn't go in the main hall. Lovely place, had a picnic whilst the kids built dens from branches and played with the outdoor ball games. We then went on the woodland walk, there is an area of children's outdoor play which my son absolutely loved. Tree swings, climbing nets and dens made... More 

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Thank Dawn B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting here the day after Haddon Hall made a fascinating comparison of 2 great houses built only a few decades apart but totally different in layout. Hardwick Hall is a renaissance building from the Elizabethan age, much grander with larger more regimented gardens. Interestingly the Windows seem to get bigger the higher up the house you go. There are several... More 

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