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Hardwick Old Hall

Type:Historic House

Doe Lea
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S44 5QJ
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Hardwick Old Hall

About

Experience the stately ruins of the original Hardwick Hall, birthplace of Bess of Hardwick and the Cavendish dynasty. Enjoy the spectacular views of the New Hall and over the Country Park.

Take an inclusive audio tour, and hear the story of Bess of Hardwick, an astonishing Elizabethan personality. Four marriages made her one of the richest women in England, with the independence, means and vision to embark on a series of grand building projects. The Old Hall, finished in 1591, still displays today her formidable skills and innovations, notably in its fantastic surviving plasterwork.

An exhibition in the West Lodge describes Bess's adventures in architecture, telling how she transformed her birthplace from a medieval manor house into a luxurious Elizabethan mansion.

Audio tours of property available for both adults and children.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£6.80 per adult
Adult with Donation£7.50 per adult
Child (5-17 years)£4.10 per child
Child with Donation£4.60 per child
Family (2 adults + 3 children)£17.70 per family
Family with Donation£19.60 per family
Student/Over 60£6.10 per concession
Student/Over 60 with Donation£6.80 per concession

Hardwick Old Hall is currently closed due to significant conservation work. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience. If you are visiting National Trust Hardwick Hall, please make sure to check their website for the latest information. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hardwick-old-hall/

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Guided tours for groups

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (29 Oct 2022 - 29 Mar 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Hardwick Old Hall is currently closed due to significant conservation work. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience. If you are visiting National Trust Hardwick Hall, please make sure to check their website for the latest information. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hardwick-old-hall/

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    Recent Reviews:

    • C5874HQlynnh
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Beautiful old hall would love to know the history of the headless person in one of the murals
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 29th September 2020
      Does anybody know the history of the headless person in one of the murals or is it just not been fully restored yet please Read full review
    • 1soupdragon
      Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
      Well worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 13th December 2020
      The grounds that surround Hardwick Hall are well worth visiting especially in summer. The walks around the grounds are interesting and the people inside the hall are knowledgeable. They have a decent... Read full review
    • Dudley H
      A Grand Old House and lovely gardens
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th November 2021
      The gardens are extensive and still pleasant at this time of year. The house is full of history and artifacts as well aspaintings and tapestries. The volunteer guides are friendly, knowledgeable and... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    The Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorway From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take first turning on left (following brown signs for Hardwick Hall). Follow road for approx 1 mile and turn left passing underneath M1 motorway. Follow road past Stainsby Mill and turn right onto Hardwick Hall Estate. Follow signs to car park. From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 2nd exit at roundabout (A6175), then follow route from North/South. From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select right lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Stay on A617 to M1 motorway junction (approx 4 miles) and, at roundabout select right lane and take 5th exit (A6175, signposted Clay Cross). Then follow route from North/South.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest train station Chesterfield, 6 miles away

    No buses to the Hall, nearest bus stop Young Vanish (approx 2 mile walk to Hall) served by Pronto bus, two per hour from Chesterfield town centre.

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