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Hardwick Hall and Gardens

Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
+44 1246 850430
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Fascinating history

What a great exhibition this place has - I learned something of our royal history that I had not... read more

Reviewed November 23, 2016
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Great place

A great place to visit. We visit quite often with young children. There's loads of room for them to... read more

Reviewed November 20, 2016
Bolsover, United Kingdom
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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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Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
+44 1246 850430
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed November 20, 2016 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....More

Thank Debbyhaz
Reviewed November 14, 2016

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...More

Thank RobLong214
Reviewed November 14, 2016

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,...More

Thank davidpinder01
Reviewed November 13, 2016 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...More

Thank 29cjb1972
Reviewed November 12, 2016

when i got there the main hall was closed for works until the 26th of november and the old hall was only open at the weekends during the winter months.The main house looks beauful from the outside with it's stonework.I went around the garden it...More

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed November 9, 2016

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...More

Thank IsaCB
Reviewed November 9, 2016

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...More

Thank lewiskal
Reviewed November 4, 2016

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...More

Thank David F
Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

£13,60 rising to £19 if you take in the ruins seemed a little steep. The exterior is impressive, the site wonderful, but the interior seemed unwelcoming; an impression reinforced by a pitiful electric fire sputtering blue sparks in simulation of the real thing. At this...More

Thank Peter V
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siobhan h
September 10, 2017|
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Response from Stacey H | Reviewed this property |
A large picnic style area with lots of small tractors for kids to pay on. Lots of space and fun things to do. A fairy dell. And in the woodland, near the car, little dens made out of sticks and Tarzan swings.
Tracey F
August 12, 2017|
Response from Mothergoosethemoose | Reviewed this property |
Don't think it would be a pleasant experience going through the woods; a small child may like to use a bike on the grass.
Finn D
August 7, 2017|
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Response from JEBLLB | Reviewed this property |
I paid £85 for 4 adults to visit both the old and new halls and that included the purchase of a £5 guide book.