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“Awful weather but a great visit”

Hardwick Hall and Gardens
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Owner description: Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands.It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s.In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.We want you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.Explore the enchanting Elizabethan mansion, take a stroll in our peaceful gardens, enjoy seasonal and locally produced food at our Restaurant, get closer to nature with a walk in the Park and much much more.
Reviewed 26 August 2014

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.

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Fab day with the little one, we had an early lunch in their cafe/restaurant, then visited the main house and the old hall. Fabulous views and walks, beautiful gardens to explore, followed by pond dipping near the lower car park in the 5 ponds.

Shame about the Hardwick Inn pub lowering the tone of the place :-(

Thank Linsey B
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

A bonus to see the old hall in ruins, which you can still explore and see the detail that has survived along with wonderful views from the top. The Hardwick Hall that replaced it is a stunning building. Full of (huge) wall hanging tapestries and splendid furniture. There are quite a few steps to reach the top floors, which have kept the atmosphere of the period. You could imagine the servants running up and down. We had very mixed weather so didn't brave the gardens and grounds but imagine they were excellent too. Nice coffee and scones in a very busy cafe. If the weather is fine there are seats outside, again with the lovely view over the countryside below.

Thank Sue P
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

A must see if you venture into the Midlands. One of the outstanding country houses in England [if not Europe].

Impressive external and internal architecture, gardens, tapestries, artwork etc create a unique atmosphere.

Many orignal articles still survive and ensure insights into what Tudor life must have been like for the wealthy - as well as glimpses of life in the hall in subsequent generations.

Visitors are allowed to wander at their own pace and [so far] there was not the overcrowding so common in English attractions. This added significantly to the experience.

Thank Peter J
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We only live down the road and had never visited so took the opportunity on a grim Autumnal afternoon. It was really enjoyable but with no audio guide, the only information came from printed booklets and laminated sheets or by talking with the guides. They were lovely and very informative, but my partner felt she would rather walk round and experience the historical story for herself. Also, because of the wonderful collection of tapestries, the Hall is very dark. It therefore felt like half the experience it could have been.

Thank Cate H
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