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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  • Nice halls and gardens with plenty of history attached to it as the old hall is next to it you learn the history of both houses . Magnificent views of the derbyshire countryside from the old hall.  more »
  • If needed a golf buggy will relay you from the carpark to the house, otherwise it's a bit of a walk. An amazing house built to entertain Queen Elizabeth the 1st with all the splendour you might expect...  more »
  • A gorgeous building in a fantastic setting, lots of green space to walk around and explore and while we only had a few hours passing through you could easily spend a day here. The house is fantastical...  more »
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  • It was alright for the price and better if you're a national trust member. Food took over an hour to come to us as the Cafe although it was good. In the summer I'd imagine it is a lot nicer than the rainy day we visited but an attraction ideally would mainly be an all weather day out but it just wasn't that great.
  • A great National Trust place to take the family, lots of space and different habitats to explore in the grounds. The restaurant food is excellent. There are 2 halls, the older (English Heritage) is an impressive ruin and the newer furnished Elizabethan hall interesting to explore. As a stop off on the long trip north this beats a motorway services hands down and is only 5 mins from the M1.
  • A uniquely preserved hall with wonderful examples of tapestries from post Elizabethan times..you take a wonderful walk through time in the many rooms which contain fine examples of furniture and paintings from several hundred years of history. The hall is set in small but attractive gardens and a much larger landscaped park. Close proximity to the M1 and other points of access. Well worth a visit.
  • Many things to look at inside the main Hall with some nice gardens. Food court was packed but you can take your own picnic and eat outside. There is a covered area in case it rains. Not great for under 10s as there was no playground area. Very clean throughout and polite staff. Easy parking. Pub nearby.
  • Fascinating place - not your usual stately home. Much older and built for a very rich & powerful woman. National Trust members also get into the adjacent old hall (English Heritage) free.

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