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Hardwick Old Hall

Doe Lea, CHESTERFIELD, S44 5QJ

Hardwick Old Hall was built between 1587 and 1596 by Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most powerful women of the Elizabethan age due to her many judicious marriages. In its day, the design of the Old Hall was strikingly modern, with Italian innovations and enormous windows that were unusual for the time. Although now little more than an impressive shell, you can climb the stone steps through four ruined floors, marvelling at the beautifully preserved plasterwork all the way. The best of the bunch is the hunting scene that adorns the Forest Great Chamber. When you reach the top of the building, great views over the Derbyshire countryside and a bird's eye view of Hardwick New Hall, also built by Bess, are your reward. The New Hall, built to compliment the Old Hall and function alongside it, stands in a country park containing rare-breed cattle and sheep.

Further information

Tel: 01246 850431

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Prices

£6 (ch £3.60, concessions £5.30). Family (2ad+3ch) £15.60. Members free

Opening times

Open Apr-Sep, Wed-Sun 10-6
1-30 Oct, Wed-Fri 10-5
31 Oct-12 Feb & 18 Feb-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4
13-17 Feb, daily 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

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Hardwick Old Hall

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