Hardwick Park
Hardwick Park
4.5
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Hardwick Park is a country park with a difference. Now a Visit England accredited attraction, it has survived since the 1750s when its then owner, John Burdon, created a sprawling ornamental park. Today, the remains of some of the original buildings he created can be seen throughout the park, which suggest the area has a richer story to tell. Hardwick Park is a great place to spend the day. Stroll through the park and admire the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife. The visitor centre also has excellent facilities including an interactive display, education room, cafe and toilets.Throughout the year there are a variety of events, activities, walks and workshops for all to enjoy.
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LadyDHR
County Durham, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Expensive Parking just to walk the dog. It seems the local council has gotten greedy.

Beautiful location though in all weathers.
Written 28 April 2024
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Im pleased to hear you enjoy visiting the park. Our car parking charges did increase earlier this year after almost 10 years since they were first introduced. Income from our car parking charges goes directly to help maintain and improve the park for our visitors. If you a regular visitor, please be aware we also offer annual permits for £95 which equates to only 26p per day, offering a huge saving compared to our pay and display charges. These can be purchased from our cafe or gift shop during normal opening hours.
Written 29 April 2024
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djtaylor2024
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
lovely place - shame about the carparking fees - gone up - not 10% not 20% but 25%

now £2.50 minimum - 2 hours .

the council run this facility - so we pay in our rates - now more to pay just to visit a park - the council need to look carefully at their carparking policies
Written 15 February 2024
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Our car parking charges did increase earlier this year after almost 10 years since they were first introduced. Income from our car parking charges goes directly to help maintain and improve the park for our visitors. If you a regular visitor, please be aware we also offer annual permits for £95 which equates to only 26p per day, offering a huge saving compared to our pay and display charges. These can be purchased from our cafe or gift shop during normal opening hours.
Written 29 April 2024
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Emma M
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Hardwick country park is a gem. We moved from Norfolk a year ago and this park is our favourite place to visit. We usually visit twice a week. All the wildlife so close up is wonderful and really special. Following the family of swans this year has been an obsession. I agree with other reviews that dogs on leads should be enforced more. I am amazed that so much wildlife chooses to nest in a park where they are chased by dogs at times. I have only seen this happen late in the evening. Personally I think the parking charges are fine. The park needs to maintain itself somehow. It offers the kind of wildlife observation that you usually expect at an RSPB reserve which are considerably more expensive to visit than £2 per car. I feel very lucky to say this is my local park and most importantly my golden retriever loves it, she refuses to leave every time! Only down point, the disabled toilet is very outdated, small and difficult to use and needs replacing. A changing places toilet would be a welcome addition.
Written 17 October 2023
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Many thanks for your kind comments. In relation to our disabled toilet, I am pleased to be able to advise that our new Changing Places toilet will be opening very soon.
Written 29 April 2024
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Alison D
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Enjoyable visit to the park itself. As we were in a party including a disabled person with a valid blue badge, it was sad to see they charge for disabled parking. A fellow disabled driver had fallen foul of this as it is a little confusing and they received a parking fine. This needs to be revised to make this park accessible to everyone, as it was a long way there and back to the parking meter if you were parked in the end like we were. Defeats the object really. It’s obviously a money maker as there were two parking attendants on duty.
Written 31 August 2023
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In line with all Durham County Council car parks, we do not offer free / concession parking for blue badge holders. Our car parking enforcement is undertaken on a regular basis in eth same way as car parks in our towns and city.
Written 29 April 2024
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Will E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Astonishing beauty combined with excellent welcoming facilities
Have joined up for a years parking
This visit was during Music festival at 830am and still the park was spotless as nature intended
Well done all concerned user’s volunteers and staff
Written 21 August 2023
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Many thanks for your kind comments, and I'm sure you will make the most of your annual parking permit.
Written 29 April 2024
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William G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Lovely park and had great time feeding the ducks. Easy to walk paths and good parking too so great for families
Written 7 May 2023
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Many thanks for your great review.
Written 29 April 2024
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freddiedoncaster
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I called in the park for a quick amble whilst visiting Sedgefield.
A fabulous park, we’ll kept and extremely clean,p with no litter to be seen!
Written 23 March 2023
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Great to hear you enjoyed your visit, and many thanks for your kind comments.
Written 14 April 2023
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realdeal_9
north east england744 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Had a long walk around here today ,lovely park and some nice varied walks on a crisp winters day,the weather was cold but sun was out and the place was fairly busy,nice pond and lakes even though some were frozen in parts but plenty of different birds to see.good paths here and a few dog walkers,a pleasant couple of hours here to get some fresh air with a family walk,will be back,the only downside its no free parking so £2 for 2 hours is expensive ,bank hols should be free or even a lot cheaper otherwise would have got 5 stars review
Written 26 December 2022
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Many thanks for your comments, Im pleased you enjoyed your visit. Unfortunately we are unable to offer free or reduced cost car parking.
Written 14 April 2023
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,860 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We stopped for a walk around the parkland which has very good all weather paths and well restored historic garden buildings. A good visit.
Written 2 November 2022
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Andrew Bramley
Pontefract, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
A well maintained pary with a great cafe.
After a lovely walk round the park we settled for a lovely light meal in the cafe.
Well kept with great tasty home cooked meals and attentive staff.
Made it a really enjoyable day
Written 26 October 2022
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