This is our second visit to Hardwick Hall and I found the scale of the place even more astonishing. The most mind blowing room was the grand reception hall, which is big enough to fit our house in, including the roof.
Quite often, walking round NT houses, you can imagine people living there, but Hardwick Hall seems to almost entirely have been built for show. My wife found some of them oppressive, with their dark panelling and/or dark tapestries.
More rooms were open than the last time we went and more rooms again will be opening according to one of the many, friendly guides we spoke to.
The restaurant, toilets and shop etc, all seemed quite new, bright and shiny. The gardens were immaculate and the sculptures and art works that were dotted about were interesting and thought provoking. We would have spent more time there, but the weather was grim.
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