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Hardwick Old Hall

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Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1264 850431
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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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Ps_Phil
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank Ps_Phil
Hull, East Yorkshire
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank RobLong214
Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Thomas W
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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Thank David F
Newport, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 

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Thank Julie R
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 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.

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Thank John W
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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Thank SueWolves53
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This building certainly gives you plenty of exercise climbing all the stairs, but it is well worth it. You can almost feel the atmosphere of what it must have been like back in the day. The views are beyond compare from the many vantage spots. Do make sure you have sturdy walking shoes/boots, as the steps are naturally uneven. If... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

seen when visiting the Hardwick new hall. Very interesting although would have liked a few more information boards around the rooms. There are flights and flights of stairs but the view is worth it from the top, would have been even better to get right to the roof which apparently was possible in Bess's time

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