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“Informative and grand”

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 May 14, 2013

A very interesting Hall to visit. The story behind this hall and the family is quite impressive. Well worth listening to the introductory talk with a very enthusiastic volunteer. This is usually given in the garden at the front of the house, however the weather was atrocious so we did not get to appreciate the gardens in their full glory. The interior is incredible with the number of pieces of furniture, tapestries and artifacts preserved. An enjoyable afternoon. The Mill is well worth a visit as the volunteers still mill flour and everything is still working as it is previously thought to.

Thank Tom H
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Our guide was first class which makes all the difference. She gave us a really good insight into the life and times of Bess of Hardwick. The tapestries and embroideries here are simple stunning and it is a wonderful house to see round. Gardens also very pleasant for a stroll and the catering was excellent.

Thank jean_mcleod67
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I had it in my mind that it was just a ruin. How wrong was I! Yes there is a ruin but there is also a magnificent Hall stuffed full of interesting things. For anyone keen on tapestries they will not be disappointed. I have never seen so many. One can only imagine what they must have looked like when new. I would like to go back to this property later in the summer to see the gardens as the weather was awful and we didn't have long enough to do it justice.

Thank 11EmJaysee
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

There is plenty to see there especially if you have National Trust and English Heritage membership. We were not there for very long - good cafe. Plenty more to see - perhaps another day.

Thank Carol W
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

As soon as we started the drive up from the M1, we knew we were in for a treat at this amazing property. The location is stunning, offering views for miles around, with an impressive (one way) single carriage roadway up to it. The greeting we received from the young member of staff on car park duty was typical of all the staff - friendly, professional, helpful and showing an obvious pride in his job. (My husband currently needs a wheelchair, and we were helped in all areas of the site to make sure that he was able to enjoy our visit fully).
Plenty of disabled parking spaces were available close to the reception area, where manual self-propelled wheelchairs are available on free loan.There is also a large buggy service to transfer people to the entrances to both Halls.
The Old Hall had a magical quality to it - you couldn't help but imagine the events that occurred here over the years. The original plasterwork was amazing. It is possible to climb right to the top! It is somewhat confusing that this part is run by English Heritage, though NT membership allows entry.
The extensive gardens were very well maintained and the herb garden was particularly interesting. Staff readily directed us to the routes around the grounds that offered easiest access with the wheelchair.
The New Hall was very grand indeed - though I am not a lover of tapestries, I could appreciate the skills involved in their creation. Due to the age and unspoilt nature of this building, it is not possible for wheelchairs to reach the upper floor. However an interactive screen was available to show this area. (My husband actually remained on the ground floor, and enjoyed listening to several guided tours as they passed through).
The courtyard area offered excellent facilities for visitors, with a spacious (though very busy) restaurant/cafe, two shops in converted stables, modern toilets, drinks kiosk and a small covered area with seating.
All in all, a wonderful place to visit - we came away trying to think of a better National Trust property - a struggle! Our visit was definitely enhanced by the staff we encountered during our stay.
I am certain we will NOT drive straight past in future!

1  Thank Ruby067
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