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Hardwick Hall and Gardens

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT, England
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+44 1246 850430
12:00 - 16:30
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 16:30

Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have...

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.

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Lovely day out

Lovely house and gardens. Staff were friendly and helpful. Have been a couple of times now would definitely recommend. As well as the main house make sure you see the ruins of... read more

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Tami M
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely house and gardens. Staff were friendly and helpful. Have been a couple of times now would definitely recommend. As well as the main house make sure you see the ruins of the old house the views are spectacular.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a really beautiful house, set in lovely gardens. Good car parking and obviously there has been quite some investment in a new toilet block just by the shop, which was obviously the old stable block very sensitively converted for a change of use. It was lovely to get an insight into the first lady of Hardwick, Bess, and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A really spendid place. Full of interest and takes you back to the splendours of Tudor/Jacobean times. My second visit. A really atmospheric place. Guides are helpful and interesting. I have read so much about Bess of Hardwick and this place brings her alive. Do go, you will not be disappointed.

Thank Ian F
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Couldn't believe this has been on our doorstep all this time ! Had a fantastic day out! Took a picnic although was places to buy food ! Kept my 12 year old entertained all day and tired my 10 month old put . A must for all ages so glad I invested in a national trust card saving me £'s.... More 

Thank Adele H
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited Hardwick several times over the years and it gets better each time. A much improved car park, though further to walk. New shop and cafe, modern toilets. Then in the hall, there was a special exhibition about the tapestries. In a couple of weeks, one which has been conserved will be rehung in the Long Gallery. The... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating history and lots to read about Bess of Hardwick and her colourful life - the volunteers are very well informed. An impressive house and lots of outdoor space for a picnic and children to play. There is a charge for the car park (non-NT members).

Thank Chris-and-Liz-B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely National Trust property. Been wanting to visit for ages as I find Bess of Hardwick a fascinating character. Very friendly and helpful guides and a remarkable house, different from any other NT property I have visited. A topsy-turvy Tudor house with all of the state rooms on the top floor. Luckily, plenty of seats to stop for a breather... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a super day. The old house is well worth a visit as you can see how magnificent it had been. What surprised me was the size of the windows! The new house was a bit dark but opulent. Staff were helpful and attentive, answering awkward questions. Children were made to feel welcome. The gardens were very accessible and... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hardwick Hall is truly impressive - there is simply no other word for it. Many of the rooms appear as they did in Bess Hardwick's time and thus easily convey what life might have been like in that period. In addition, there are the ruins of the old Hall as well as extensive grounds with clearly marked out walks of... More 

Thank 888_Rita
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my sixth visit to this property, and one of my favourite National Trust destinations. I arrived early to avoid the crowds, as the park was open before 9am. I had the restaurant to myself at 9am, and was the first person to access the gardens at 9.45 and the house at 11am. The crowds had certainly increased by... More 

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