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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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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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Good stop on the motorway

Our favourite time of the year at Hardwick is when the apple blossom appears....to see the orchard on a blue sky spring day with the blossom above your head is magical. The house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our favourite time of the year at Hardwick is when the apple blossom appears....to see the orchard on a blue sky spring day with the blossom above your head is magical. The house and embroideries are interesting, as are the gardens, and the cafe makes for a good pit stop.

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bedford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the house is closed on Monday and Tuesday you can still walk round the grounds but you are not allowed in the house. the cream teas are to die for . The old building is amazing, and you can go in here but again its closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed our day at Hardwick and discovering the sad story of Arbella who might have become the Queen of England on the death of Elizabeth l , but instead lived a life that has been all but forgotten by history, fascinating. The house is large, original and impressive, built by the famous Bess of Hardwick it is a fabulous example... More 

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Great Yarmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hardwick Hall was top of our list of places to visit on our recent break. The hall is spectacular, in fact I have never seen anything to match it. We listened to the introductory talk giving the history of the hall which was very interesting. We then started to look around and having passed through a magnificent entrance hall you... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ones of the best NT House and Gardens. If you love history from Tudor to 20C this is a fab place to visit. Great exhibitions throughout. Lots of things to do for all ages. Great walks too. Restaurant serves amazing NT scones. Lots of parking and staff and volunteers could not have been more helpful! Thanks NT for a great... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was interesting to see how the hall would've looked in the 1600's with the walls covered in tapestries (best collection in England). But, after the third room, I found it all the same and became bored. The special exhibition on Arbella, granddaughter to Bess of Hardwick and possible successor to Queen Elizabeth I, as explained throughout the Hall was... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped off for a lunch break on route back to Edinburgh from Oxford. We received a fantastic warm welcome at admission from a lovely young lady who processed our member entry and provided us with Property raffle tickets. In the restaurant the same enthusiastic and warm customer service was received from the counter staff when we ordered the soup... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bess of Hardwick's story and the farm and house offer a fabulous insight into the politics and lifestyle of those close to the queen and involved in such a tumultuous time in history. The tapestry collection and the Elizabethan great rooms were simply outstanding. The gardens and stable and farm blocks were also great to explore. We would recommend Hardwick... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hardwick was stunning, what a lovely story of Bess of Hardwick who first created the house. Also a sad story of Arbella granddaughter of Bess. Lovely Restaurant to.

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Thank Penny K
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The house was lovely and it was a really good day out. Most of the staff where amazing especially Brenda Reynolds but unfortunately some of the staff where quite rude and miserable especially Velma

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