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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 July 23, 2013

the olld hall is magnifecet,is just a shame that the National Trust and the English Heritage cannot work to english heritage can work together.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Firstly you need to set a few hours if you want to see everything, the estate grounds are huge so just touring the grounds and woodland walks is a trip in itself. If you're members of the National Trust it's free if course otherwise it's a whopping £12/adult.
The main house is huge and you could easily spend a couple of hours viewing the artefacts which are well worth seeing.
Finally, the amenities are excellent, it probably has the best and cleanest baby change we have ever seen, bravo.

Thank Porkie_Pig
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Very disappointing - poorly documented exhibits, endless dull tapestries with very little attempt made to show what these would have been like in their original colours. Labelling on many exhibits perfunctory or absent. Some exhibits require you to kneel on the floor to read them! - not good if you're in poor shape. Little information about the architecture of the Hall. Volunteer staff seemed uninterested, and some even gave out factually incorrect information when asked for details about some items. NT shop full of tat. I'd been looking forward to this visit for years and felt very let down.

1  Thank southendbootboy
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Breath taking beauty the moment you enter the dinning hall entrance and the flavour of history continues through the variety of tapestries, paintings and furniture in each room.

The recent addition of allowing the public into the attic space adds yet another dimension with kits jumble if history portrayed in the paintings, mirrors, chairs, beds - even a watering can. Dont miss it out.

Thank mcq15
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Agree with the previous review in that you need to spend a whole day at Hardwick to appreciate how wonderful it is. Yes the Old Hall is definitely worth a look as is the 'new' Hardwick Hall even though it is a little dark in places but it has to be to protect all the wonderful old tapestries, paintings and furniture. The amazing woman who built the new hall had an interesting life and must have been one of the richest women in Elizabethan times. We spent 5 hours there which included a walk in the grounds down to the lake. The restaurant had a very nice menu but was too crowded for us so we had a drink and a roll from the coffee shop. Brought some very nice herbaceous plants too!

1  Thank Ohdear_8
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