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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 April 29, 2013

...on why you are visiting, as to what you get out of it...

Great historic attraction. Full stop. Pref, read Lovell's biography of Bess of Hardwick, first, as you do need the context for this property. Failing that biog, there is Durant's ...and he also has an excellent book on the architect Smythson, involved at several local properties.

Or, a stop on the way up and down the M1, as for us, to test the lamb hotpot, in the restaurant, again...not so good as December!

Or, a good place to walk the dog...

Thank plymouth
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This property is fairly unique in that it has an English Heritage maintained property right next to a National Trust one (thankfully both are free to NT members).

We have 2 boys (3 & 5) who enjoyed the old ruined hall whereas myself and my wife enjoyed the NT property more, which is one of the best we have been in. There was plenty of room for the boys to run around in plus all the usual NT gift shops and restuarants. Overall it was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours at then end of a weekend in the Peaks.

Thank hullyboy
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Plan for a full day here and bring a picnic.

We visited as English Heritage members, but discovered on arriving that this was only valid for the Old Hall and NT own the new hall and formal gardens. We decided to pay and are glad we did. Guide books for both halls are a must, and I'd recommend seeing the old hall first and reading the histrory of this and Bess herself before entering the new hall. Whilst the old hall is only ruins now, the new hall is intacta dn has some impressive furniture, walls and paintings.

The grounds are worth a walk around adn include activities for children. You can even take part in children's or family trails. In addition there are woodland walks, which we didn't get time to do.

O)verall highly recommended.

1  Thank Joanne W
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is an NT property that has genuine national history. Do listen to the introductory talk as it gives an insight into the personality of the lady that created this Hall. The food in the restaurant is one of the better NT eateries, and not too expensive. There is a buggy that runs between the entrance and the Hall, which is great for those of us with mobility difficulties. There are a lot of stairs in the Hall but they are quite shallow and there are lots of seats (thank you NT) around the house. There are lots of see and do, enough to spend a whole day

Thank Chatterisgirl
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Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Hardwick Hall is a great day out for the family. There is a lot to see & do.

The house/hall it's self are gorgeous.

As for the Gardens they are absolutely beautiful.

Well worth a day out in the summer. I would recommend anyone to go there who isn't afraid of walking. Well worth it!

Thank Keroin
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