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Historic House, next open Sat 1 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

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Hardwick Old Hall

Hardwick Old Hall

Contact

Visitor Operations

01246 850431

Address

Doe Lea,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire,
S44 5QJ

Details

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.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)English Heritage PropertyGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Audio tours of property available for both adults and children.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sat 1 - Sun 30 Oct 2016 Wed - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Sat 5 Nov 2016 - Sun 12 Feb 2017 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 Mon - Thu 10:00 to 16:00 | Fri 10:00 16:00
Sat 18 Feb - Sun 26 Mar 2017 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:00

24-26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan Closed

Prices

Gift Aid prices in brackets
Adult £6.00 (£6.60)
Concession £5.30 (£5.90)
Child (5-15 years) £3.60 (£4.00)
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £15.60 (£17.20)

Location

Directions

See location of Hardwick Old Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 466640  Lat: 53.17124 Long: -1.30327

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 brown 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 (Lidl on left) 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 left 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.

Parking: with charge

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Audio tours of property available for both adults and children.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
    • Yesis grass
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
 
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