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“Interesting and Educational”
Review of Hardwick Old Hall

Hardwick Old Hall
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Visited Hardwick Old Hall prior to visiting Hardwick Hall as my daughter is studying Hardwick Hall for GCSE History. They are within three minutes walking distance of each other. In a way I liked the old hall better than the new one even though it is mostly a ruin. Lots of history in both mainly to do with Elizabeth Shrewsbury.

Thank philrobbinz
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I just didn't get inspired by this place. Much of it was pulled down by choice by the owners of the new hall, and some left as picturesque ruins. We didn't find the volunteers inspiring (contrast with Standby Mill). I wouldn't bother again.

Thank ProfessorThoughtful
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We stayed in the holiday cottage inside the grounds of the Old Hall, so we could wander around the ruins after all the visitors had gone. This place is very atmospheric. It's called the Old Hall, even though it was built at the same time as the new hall. Interesting that it was deliberately ruined by Bess of Hardwick's son. It is amazing that the plaster freizes survived after being open to the elements for centuries. There's a lovely view from the top. The only downside is the proximity to the motorway. I'm sure Bess would have been turning in her grave when that was built!

Thank Michaela P
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We visited Hardwick Old Hall prior to visiting Hardwick Hall, as the Old Hall opened at 1000. We received a warm welcome and handed the portable electronic guides, free to members of English Heritage (£1 to non members). To visit the site it is essential that you have the benefit of the audio guide, which gave a brilliant background to the history of the Hall and Bess of Hardwick. Visit the Old Hall first, that is the start of the history of Bess of Hardwick.

Thank toolonginexile
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

A ruin of a grand house it is very atmospheric with fantastic views from the elevated position. The graveyard of the church next to the hall is worth a visit with some very old head stones

Thank janicesusan
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