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“Perfect place to break the M1 journey”

Hardwick Hall and Gardens
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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.
Reviewed March 27, 2008

I had never heard of this National Trust-owned place before, but a fellow Tripper recommended it as somewhere for me to break a long, tedious journey between Harrogate and Surrey/Hampshire.

Being close to Jn 29 of the M1 (about 5 minutes), it is indeed a convenient break in the journey. The hall was owned by Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, who was supposedly the second-most influential woman of the late 1500s, after Queen Elizabeth 1.

The hall contains many fine paintings and tapestries to look at, but does pale in comparison to the nearby Chatsworth House (which Bess' son bought or inherited).

The audio guide provided for the Old Hall (which are just ruins) was interesting, but I'd gone on a particularly freezing day, and I gave up on the audio tour in order to get inside the main Hall, and out of the cold.

The grounds aren't very big, but I should imagine they'd be quite pretty in the Spring.

Good shop and reasonable cafe on site.

I'm glad I went; I enjoyed the history of the place, and finding out about Bess - I wouldn't rush back again, but pass on the same recommendation that if you want to break your journey, then you could do a lot worse than brush up on your Elizabethan history for a couple of hours here.

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Reviewed October 27, 2005

The staff tell you on the phone that you can visit the ground floor of this extremely wonderful house. What they don't tell you is that that means one room and a silly exhibition!

Not worth the petrol to get there.

If you have two legs that work, and can climb one of the largest staircases I've ever seen, then the rest is fantastic..

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