There is nothing worse than having to choose the dish you dislike the least from a menu that’s content is limited. At the Hardwick the choice is almost ridiculous for the size of the restaurant. This doesn’t make for an easy life but it works and customers enjoy visiting for old favourites and new dishes alike. We can’t be all things to all people but I think that there is something for most people on our menu.

Bess marries Robert Barlow at the age of 15. Two years later, Robert dies on Christmas Eve.

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It should be easy to read and understand. Descriptions should be concise and informative. A customer will generally take a few words or seconds to decide whether they like a dish or not and move onto the next. So it is important to keep it to the point and not go off on some mad creative writing exercise as is often the case with too many menus.

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Discover the stately ruins of the birthplace of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England. Ascend through four floors to enjoy spectacular views over the Derbyshire countryside and Hardwick New Hall. Take your time and admire the spectacular decorative plasterwork on your way up.  Then learn more in our fascinating exhibition and visit Bess's New Hall next door.

Enjoy a wander through the Hardwick shops, pick up a treat for yourself or a Hardwick plant to take home.

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Find out more about Bess and the history of Hardwick

Work on the Old Hall is finished. The following year, Bess moves into the completed New Hall.

Hardwick Hall was used in the Connections TV series to illustrate a long series of changes that occurred in home design as a result of the Little Ice Age.

Sited on a hilltop between Chesterfield and Mansfield, overlooking the Derbyshire countryside, Hardwick Hall was designed by Robert Smythson in the late 16th century. Ordered by Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury and ancestress of the Dukes of Devonshire, it remained in the ownership of her descendants until the mid-twentieth century.

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Bess of Hardwick was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I, and her house was conceived to be a conspicuous statement of her wealth and power. The windows are exceptionally large and numerous at a time when glass was a luxury, leading to the saying, "Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall."[1] The Hall's chimneys are built into the internal walls of the structure, in order to give more scope for huge windows without weakening the exterior walls.

Parking £3 per vehicle. Fishing day and seasonal tickets are available. A Joint Hall ticket includes entry to Hardwick Hall and Gardens as well as entry to Hardwick Old Hall (managed by English Heritage)

The 9th Duke of Devonshire commissions the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings to restore the Old Hall. After his death, his widow moves into the New Hall.

*Park, garden, restaurant and shop: close at 5, November to February, or dusk if earlier. Closed 25 December. Hall also opens Bank Holiday Mondays (April to August). Only ground and middle floors open at Christmas.

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Tantalisingly glimpsed as you climb steeply through the oak-scattered parkland, the turrets of the house, carrying the initials of an indomitable lady, stand silhouetted against the sky.

Hardwick was but one of Bess's many houses. Each of her four marriages had brought her greater wealth; she had been born in the now old Hall at Hardwick, which today is a ruin beside the 'new' hall.

Bess dies. Her second son, William, inherits Hardwick. Philosopher Thomas Hobbes joins the family as a tutor, remaining at Hardwick until his death.

Both Hardwick Hall and the Old Hall are Grade I listed (the highest designation) by Historic England.[4][5]

There will be new learning opportunities at Hardwick as the property is included with the new style history GCSE.

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The 11th Duke offers Hardwick's halls to the National Trust and Ministry of Works, who restore the buildings and open them to the public.

Make the most of your visit with one of these refreshing walks around the estate.


Discover the tasty treats and delicious meals at the Great Barn restaurant

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Bess marries Sir William St Loe, one of Queen Elizabeth's favourite courtiers. She becomes a lady of the Privy Chamber. Sir William dies suddenly, leaving everything to Bess.

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During the Second World War, Hardwick park is used to train airborne soldiers and as a camp for Polish refugees.

Hardwick provides a magical setting for your big day.

The house's design also demonstrated new concepts not only in domestic architecture, but also a more modern way in which life was led within a great house. Hardwick was one of the first English houses where the great hall was built on an axis through the centre of the house rather than at right angles to the entrance.

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Summer has arrived in the gardens, deck chairs are out on the lawns to while away the hot sunny days.

It also featured in the television series Mastercrafts episode 6 on Stonemasonry, where trainees vied to create fitting sundials for the garden of Hardwick Hall.

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