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The Bess Connection

The Bess Connection


10am - Bolsover Castle

Built by Bess of Hardwick's son Charles and finished by her grandson William, this 17th Century mansion looks like a fairytale castle. Visit the Little Keep, complete with its furnishings and decoration, and explore what's left of the state rooms with a multimedia guide.

Limited coach parking - call property to book.

For groups of 11 or more - 15% discount on adult, concession and child prices, free entry for one tour leader, free entry for one coach driver.

Guided tour of site available (call for details)


Lunch Suggestions

Lunch in the Visitor Centre at Bolsover Castle

Call at Chesterfield en route to Hardwick and let your passengers have lunch in one of our many cafes

Lunch in the Great Barn Restaurant at Hardwick


1pm - Hardwick

A stunning mansion built by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, known locally as Bess of Hardwick. At first sight you understand the rhyme 'Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall' - the Hall is a testament to the Elizabethan fascination with symmetry and glass.

Free coach parking

Groups of 15 - 5% discount

Special interest and private tours available

Map & Directions

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Hardwick Hall, ChesterfieldHardwick Estate includes Hardwick Hall one of Britain's greatest Elizabethan houses, with its gardens as well as Stainsby Mill and Park. The water-powered Mill is fully functioning, the Park has a lake and circular walks. Owned by the National Trust.

Bolsover CastleBolsover Castle, BolsoverA romantic residence built by Sir Charles Cavendish in 1612 and completed by his son William. Marvel at the outstanding craftsmanship everywhere - the rich panelling, elaborate fireplaces and painted ceilings.

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