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“A lesson in history no to be missed” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hardwick Old Hall

Hardwick Old Hall
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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362 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
“A lesson in history no to be missed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

This Elizabethan mansion, birthplace and once home of Bess of Hardwick, is now owned by English Heritage and stands a stones throw from the new. It is sad to see that it is no more than a shell of its former self. However even though it is in ruins it still has appeal and can fascinate visitors old and young alike. There is a fee to enter but if you are a National Trust member access is free. Entry is via the only refurbished part of the hall and this alone gives you an insight into the wealth and lives of the rich and famous and their belongings through information boards. If you so wish you can purchase an audio guide to assist you whilst walking around the hall. Though the hall is roofless you can still ascend four floors to view the absolutely stunning scenery across the land. Take time to carefully look at the stunning decorative plasterwork, there's enough that survives to see the range of designs. One in particular is the plasterwork consisting of two stags in a forest setting, formally Bess of Hardwicks coat of arms. Stroll through the various rooms in particular the kitchen and the great chamber / main hall. Once again you get a feel of how people use to live. All in all an education in itself however from seeing the remains of pigeon droppings and growth of weeds throughout I cannot help but reflect on this stunning Elizabethan property and wonder if more could be done to restore it even further. Unfortunately this attraction is not suitable for those in wheelchairs or difficulty in walking as climbing is required. Enjoy

Visited May 2013
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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“great for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

took my children when they where little and my nephews last year still the same good place to take children .

Visited August 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Superb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Such a dramatic ruin with so much history within its walls. Helpful member of staff assisted with our wheelchair, and suggested the best route around the ruins. Information signs gave a brief outline of features. Amazingly, it is possible to climb almost to the top, from where the views were incredible. (A member of staff was cleaning the open air steps as I went up - very impressed!) The original plasterwork decorations were amazing - I would have thought plasterwork would have been the first thing to be eroded. We nearly missed going into this section - we are NT members, and knew that this was English Heritage, and had not realised that NT members were allowed 'free' entry. Could be confusing.
WELL WORTH A VISIT!

Visited May 2013
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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“Worth visting at same time as Hardwick Hall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

We visited as EH members, so didn't pay entrance fee, but choose to pay the extra to visit the new hall in the same grounds.

Fasinating ruins and history behind it.

I'd highly recommend the guide book to explain more.

Best visited with the new hall too, to make it a worthwhile visit.

Visited March 2013
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“The Older Part Of Hardwick Hall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was the original hall and is worth a look around if you are going to Hardwick, but not a lot there if you just go to see this one. If you are going visit the furnished hall too, its well worth a visit

Visited August 2012
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