Hardwick Hall and Gardens, Chesterfield

Created in the late 1500's for one of England's most notable society female figures, Bess of Hardwick, Hardwick Hall and Gardens was an architectural and botanical "marvel of its time." Today, as a property of the National Trust, Hardwick Hall exhibits some of the finest collections of Elizabethan tapestries and embroidery work dating from the 16th century. After touring the hall, take a leisurely stroll or a guided tour through one of the four gardens, with their exquisite lawns, orchards, and fine herbs. It was, after all, an estate fit for one of the wealthiest women in England. There are children's activities, such as portrait drawing and walking the Nature Detective Trail. Put Hardwick Hall and Gardens into our Chesterfield itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chesterfield.
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  • We enjoyed a wonderful day visiting the house and garden, but must say the Old Hall is much more interesting, as we had an audio guide. Whilst we enjoyed the history of the Old Hall more, the grounds ...  more »
  • This is a really well presented building that has not been cluttered up with supposedly related art projects and “themes” that relate vaguely to one of the previous occupants or to the hall. Such inst...  more »
  • Worth a visit, immense grounds that seem to go on forever. Large house with very informative volunteers.  more »
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  • Cared for by the National Trust, Hardwick Hall is a complete and well preserved Elizabethan mansion built by Bess of Hardwick. There are paintings of the people associated with the history of the house. A visit to the house is fascinating because of the way the exhibits give an insight into the people and past of the house; both upstairs and below stairs. There is a good cafe that serves both hot and cold meals, a shop and marked walk. All the details are available on the National Trust website. Free parking and entrance to National Trust members.
  • Absolutely stunning venue and tons to see. If you're lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, you could literally spend the entire day here. Gardens are beautiful and they have lots of deck chairs scattered everywhere for anyone to enjoy. Cafe/restaurant is decent and the gift shop has some good bits in it. Disabled access is also very good as was visiting with my mum. A complementary buggy service was on hand to whizz you around the estate. Will definitely return.
  • Very nice place to visit. Would recommend to listen to the guide to tell you about the place before you go round. Or take a guided tour if on.
  • A beautiful hall and gardens with a fascinating interior. Amazing textiles in the house itself! Well worth a visit to the nearby Old Hall too - free with a ticket to the new hall or National Trust membership.
  • Fascinating property where you can see how 1 woman developed a property as her wealth increased. Allow at least 3 hours to explore & see some of the small details. Good restaurant
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