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“What a great old Tudor home.”

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 September 7, 2013 via mobile

While in the area with took the opportunity visit Hardwick Hall. What a beautiful example of Tudor Architecture. Full of history and volunteers able to impart that history to us. There was a food fair on too which was very good and we purchased some local pies, bread and cheese. The visited the stable cafe and had a tasty lunch. The hall itself its very impressive and well preserved. A good day out.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a lovely place to visit, the hall is magnificent and full of history. The gardens were much bigger than expected and I wish we had more time. There is a buggy for those of us with difficulties that runs between the entrance and the hall, younjustnflagnit down. Great day out and you do need a day, we only had an afternoon.

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

We spent a lovely afternoon at Hardwick. It's a lovely drive up to the hall and a buggy is available to take you to the Hall. We visited the main Hall first and yes it has lots of wonderful tapestries hanging all over the place! A grand stone staircase takes you upstairs and you won't be disappointed in the great hall and long room! We visited the Old Hall over the way and it's a shame this is a ruin now! We had a fabulous lunch in the cafe...hunters platter and goats cheese broccoli and pototo pie... Delicious. The weather was lovely and though the car park was extremely full you certainly didn't feel surrounded by people. We had a great time thank you Hardwick and your lovely staff.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The building from the out side is imposing and in the middle of nowhere. The gardens are large but mostly on the flat. easy to walk round. I spent most of my time in the herb garden looking at the very wide variety of herbs there. I cloud have spent more time just there. The only annoying thing was that the planting plan which was up on the board was not accurate but this was not too much of a problem for me as I am familiar with herbs, ad most were labelled, but others may have been a bit misled.
I liked it there.
The parking was a bit bumpy and you have to walk quite a way after paying to go in before you get to any toilets

Thank Elaine M
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

When you visit Hardwick Hall you get to not only visit the new but the old hall, which we didn't realise. The old hall is primarily a ruin, and is just literally across the path from the new hall.

Found that when you went round the main hall it was quite dark in a lot of rooms as they had the curtains drawn to stop the light damaging the tapestries. You could clearly tell which tapestries they have had the opportunity to restore, and those that are waiting. There is quite a lot to see and this included an exhibition which had a document room which we've never come across before. Basically the room was full from ceiling to floor with boxes where the deeds to various estates were kept, and you can read some of the estate names on them such as Chatsworth.

Again staff were very informative. Wouldn't recommend is you have any mobility issues due to all the stairs.

Great facilities for guests in a good sized restaurant with terrace, shop, garden shop and ice-cream kiosk. Very noticeable on the grounds when you first entered the attraction were loads of toys things on the grass for families with children to play with.

There is a path down the back of the old hall which leads into the grounds and you can decide where you want to walk. We walked down to the lake, but there was a choice depending how far from the property you wanted to stray. Point to note is that it is on an incline and it was hard work coming back up.

Overall, we had a great visit and would recommend this National Trust property.

Thank Suesreview
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