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Hardwick Old Hall

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
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+44 1264 850431
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:30

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Good way to see the place

This is a must for history buffs,had done the new/// hardwick hall some years ago and read the amazing story of Bess of Hardwick wanted to see where she started. The main thing is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2016
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Karalee, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a lot to say about this place really. It is a very old building of not much architectural merit. One can only stand and wonder what this place was like in its hey day.

Thank Feathers013
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is a must for history buffs,had done the new/// hardwick hall some years ago and read the amazing story of Bess of Hardwick wanted to see where she started. The main thing is do not do this hall on a cold windy day,We went late December and it was mild but hall has no roof so was really cold.... More 

Thank lottie49
Brisbane, Australia
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

What an amazing story and history. This place is so beautiful and sad. A very real testimony to the ego's and thought process of those with power.

Thank Ps_Phil
Hull, East Yorkshire
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit. surprised at the little known history, audio guide where great. Would highly recommend a visit

Thank Kendublu
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I didn’t realise the Old Hall was practically next to the New Hall (both built by Bess of Hardwick). The Old Hall is now a ruin but well worth a visit. It’s amazing to see the plasterwork above all the fire places is still intact and you can wander up to one of the top rooms for a closer look... More 

Thank RobLong214
Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

when i got there the main hall was closed for works until the 26th of november and the old hall was only open at the weekends during the winter months.The main house looks beauful from the outside with it's stonework.I went around the garden it was lovely and when the flowers are in full bloom it would be beauful.There are... More 

Thank Thomas W
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

From the approach this 'ruin' looks just that, with nothing much to offer, but when you take up an audio tour, it is truly wonderful to learn of its past. The 'tour' leads you ever higher within the building until you emerge at roof level with wonderful views over the sweeping landscape.

Thank David F
Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful old building preserved superbly. Excellent autumn views over the Derbyshire countryside. Lovely decorative murals on the walls well worth a climb to the top. My father could've done with a hand rail to hold onto but this deter his enjoyment. Nice grassed courtyard which would've been an idea place on a summers day to sit and read a book.... More 

Thank Julie R
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Very interesting to walk around. Good for kids aswell as adults to understand our past.Combined with the hall and gardens it's a lovely day out.

Thank John W
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Well worth the visit to this English Heritage site which is also free to National Trust visitors to the newer hall. Helps put the history of New Hardwick Hall into perspective. Although it is mainly a ruin it is possible to climb to top in parts and thus be able to see closer some of the impressive plaster casts. Plenty... More 

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