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A good day out in a forgotten part of Derbyshire

The History of Bess of Hardwick is fascinating. The history not spoken about is the 1st Para who... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dave C
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Amazing Tapestries and History

The residence of the former Bess of Hardwick, who in her time was the second richest person in the... read more

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

This was my second visit to Hardwick Hall and Gardens but the first for the rest of our party. I had encouraged everyone to watch the recent National Trust television programme on it before we visited which helped to gain the interest of the children visiting with us. The Hall itself is absolutely stunning and you can see the wealth of 'Bess' everywhere you look. Personally, I like the fact that part of the hall is as it was when lived in by its most recent last owner. Parts of the hall are dimly lit but you can appreciate that this is to prevent light damage to many of the artefacts that are 100's of years old and your eyes will adjust after a little while. We found all of the volunteers to be very polite, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable about the property and the stories behind it. There was a bug hunt for the children to do which suited the little boy in our party to a tee, and a small dressing up area in the kitchens for the girls. We were worried about the number of visitors to the property with its recent television airing but, although it was very busy (especially as it was a weekend), nowhere seemed over crowded with it being such a huge place. Hopefully next time I will be able to fit in a walk around the gardens and a trip to the nearby mill.

Thank Vikkie C
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Lovely Tudor mansion. I looked for a history of the house - there wasn't one. I looked for a guide to the dozens of pictures - there wasn't one. In the long gallery, I tried to see many of the pictures, but the lighting was so poor they were impossible to view. There is a special picture of Titian and the Chancellor of Venice, which hung in almost complete darkness, in a doorway.
This could be a wonderful place to visit, but it wasn't.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

This review is for the restaurant and not the house ( although we had hoped the house would be open today as it is school hols but it wasn't). We had coffees in the restaurant which is situated in a lovely old building but the decor is appalling. The chairs and tables are not in keeping with the building and look terrible. The chairs are plastic and the tables poor quality pedestal ones which wobble on the stone floor. Also just outside they are selling wild garlic plants - which is good but they say that the garlic flavors stews etc. They should check the spelling because FLAVOURS is the correct English spelling
This is the National Trust - not American trust

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Went yesterday in dreadful weather. Could not see the gardens as it rained and snowed and very very foggy. The house is very impressive. Only one cafeteria which is not very well organised. Generally the staff in the house are very helpful and knowledgeable and will definitely return visit when the weather is warmer and hopefully sunny.

Thank gloria169
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Went on Good Friday for the Easter Egg hunt. Completed the one on Lady Spencer's Walk and this did not incur admission charges, which you have to pay for gardens Easter egg hunt. Just paid £3.00 per child. This lasted about 30 minutes for older children and was ok, but probably could have gone further but I suppose they have to get the balance for older and younger children. It was very muddy but boys enjoyed it.

Thank Jayne M
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