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The Bess Connection

View of Bolsover Castle


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


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

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