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Hardwick Hall and Gardens, Ault Hucknall

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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. Put Hardwick Hall and Gardens into our Ault Hucknall itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ault Hucknall.
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  • Called here with family members who have visited before several times. Extensive grounds and the history of the hall very interesting and added too by the knowledge of the volunteer guides who were.....  more
    Called here with family members who have visited before several times. Extensive grounds and the history of the hall very interesting and added too by the knowledge of the volunteer guides who were.....  more »
  • Me and mum went around Hardwick hall as I love national trust, walking and adventures so we went and was greeted by Ian lovely chap and got chatting and then we went inside the house and read a lot... 
    Me and mum went around Hardwick hall as I love national trust, walking and adventures so we went and was greeted by Ian lovely chap and got chatting and then we went inside the house and read a lot...  more »
  • The volunteers hold this place together. Otherwise, it's not worth the £15 pp entry fee. Lack of bins, dog poo on lawn, queues at cafe etc. Only one toilet block for masses of visitors. In the... 
    The volunteers hold this place together. Otherwise, it's not worth the £15 pp entry fee. Lack of bins, dog poo on lawn, queues at cafe etc. Only one toilet block for masses of visitors. In the...  more »
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  • I come here quite a lot as I have National Trust membership and I've always really enjoyed it. There's some beautiful gardens to explore and a variety of stunning flowers. It's a perfect place for a family day out. The Cafe and the shops are nice. The visitor facilities are great. You can go inside the Elizabethen house and look around. It is quite remarkable. The tapestries and paintings are amazing. They have friendly guides in every room and they are always very helpful, informative and willing to answer any questions which makes the experience even better. One thing I really like about Hardwick Hall is that you can go on some wonderful walks. I love being surrounded by nature. It's so much fun exploring the fields and walking for hours. I always find a bench and enjoy a picnic whilst admiring the delightful view.
  • A very interesting hall, with plenty of volunteers telling great stories about the place. It is particularly recommended if you are interested in tapestries and romantic stories. The gardens are good, but the ponds are not properly looked after. Family events could improve with a little bit more imaginative challenges aimed at a wider age range.
  • The interior of Hardwick Hall is very impressive. The guides were super helpful and friendly. Some lovely trees in the gardens. Not the prettiest time of year to view the borders bet it looks great in the summer. Scaffolding on the front of the house is necessary for vital work to be carried out...a ten year project now in its 6th year. The back view is lovely. It's a huge estate. Worth a visit.
  • I just love visiting period properties but what's special about Hardwick Hall is the original Elizabethan splendor. I haven't been to many houses where the Tudor decor is still resplendent. In places it seemed a little bare but I felt it was a true reflection of Elizabethan interior design. Superb!
  • Great place to visit . The restaurant is well designed and good to spend time there. The grounds are fantastic and so is the house but have to admit not a fan of faded tapestries. I know they are the amazing original ones bought by Bess but all the colours have gone leaving a poor display of greyish material .Sorry , I know that many won't agree but there you go.

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