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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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  • I went there with my wife today and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The grounds and the Hall were magnificent coupled with the usual friendly service, guidance and care provided by the volunteers who st...  more »
  • This was my first visit to Hardwick Hall and I was not disappointed! Upon entrance myself and my partner both signed up as NT members. Beautiful gardens with a spectacular house. Good coffee shop to r...  more »
  • Have visited Hardwick hall and gardens many times and I am never disappointed. The hall is amazing and is changed in certain parts according to the time of year there are many guides there who can fil...  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.