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Hardwick Hall and Gardens, Chesterfield

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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. Add Hardwick Hall and Gardens to your Chesterfield travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chesterfield trip itinerary maker.
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  • Hardwick Hall is great for a family day out with a variety of things to do to keep all ages amused and interested. There are two halls to visit, the Main hall and the Old Hall (ruins), and adjacent ga...  more »
  • You get to see both the old hall (now in ruins) and Bess of Hardwick's new hall. On top of that are the gardens and excellent walking in the park.  more »
  • An historic house dating back to Elizabethan times. Has undergone some repairs in recent years. Very photogenic and contains lots of interesting details, furniture, hangings and fittings. Often small ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Visited the estate and the old hall, but no the new hall on this occasion. The old hall is still worth a visit and the audio guide really explains about the site and life in its history. Outside of the Halls the estates offerings for shops, cafes and restaurants is very limited and was struggling with the capacity of people mid week, in the quiet season. Since relocating the car park everything is now a longer walk than it used to be, and you have to enter through the National Trust hut where they are out to get money or scan any membership card they can, even when you only there to visit the English Heritage old hall. Now comes across as a National Trust money making site and not a visit to a fabulous historic site which is a shame. The staff in the old hall were fantastic, having fun and helping people get the most from their visit, for them it was about people learning and understanding the site which is how it should be.
  • Wow only had 2 hours here as arrived late. All very impressive. Fab house and also English heritage site next to it which is free to NT members. Great cafe, grounds; walks etc. Going back next week and will also try to visit the water Mill near by. Can't wait!
  • A National Trust and English Heritage shared site. The Old Hall is a shell but has remnants of decorative plasterwork preserved. The 'new' hall is complete and furnished with a combination of rush matting and more modern furnishings. Great atmosphere and the guides are friendly, informative and helpful. There is a restaurant on site which serves lovely hot meals, sandwiches and childrens options. On site shop as well. Lovely day out, whatever your age.
  • From the introduction to it's history and welcome by "Bess of Hardwick" herself, the old and new house was one spectacular room after another. A great day out, with something to see and do for all ages. Well worth a visit!