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One of the most
splendid houses in England. Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and
unaltered since: yet its huge windows and high ceilings make it feel
strikingly modern. Outside, stone gleams and glass glitters in the
light. Its six towers make a dramatic skyline. Climbing up through the
house, from one spectacular floor to the next, is a thrilling
architectural experience. Rich tapestries, plaster friezes and
alabaster fireplaces colour the rooms, culminating in the hauntingly
atmospheric Long Gallery