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Hardwick Hall NT

One of the most splendid houses in England. Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and unaltered since: yet its huge windows and high ceilings make it feel strikingly modern. Outside, stone gleams and glass glitters in the light. Its six towers make a dramatic skyline. Climbing up through the house, from one spectacular floor to the next, is a thrilling architectural experience. Rich tapestries, plaster friezes and alabaster fireplaces colour the rooms, culminating in the hauntingly atmospheric Long Gallery. Note: Old Hall is owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage
Stables Block Clocktower
Stables Block Clocktower
Main Entrance to the Hall
Main Entrance to the Hall
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Old Hall viewed from large lawn
Hardwick Old Hall viewed from large lawn
Side view of the Hall from the garden
Side view of the Hall from the garden
Ornate gardens, unusual clear blue sky.
Ornate gardens, unusual clear blue sky.
The Hall from the formal gardens
The Hall from the formal gardens
Hardwick Old Hall
Hardwick Old Hall
Hardwick Old Hall interior, some of the decoration survives.
Hardwick Old Hall interior, some of the decoration survives.
No window, no fireplace but some of the plaster work is still in place.
No window, no fireplace but some of the plaster work is still in place.
More plaster work
More plaster work
A bit of the roof still in place, and more plaster work
A bit of the roof still in place, and more plaster work
I believe this was once the kitchen.
I believe this was once the kitchen.
View of Hardwick Hall from Hardwick Old Hall.
View of Hardwick Hall from Hardwick Old Hall.
A private house viewed from one the windows in the Old Hall.
A private house viewed from one the windows in the Old Hall.
The stone masons store and working area.
The stone masons store and working area.
Blacksmiths shop with chimney for the forge.
Blacksmiths shop with chimney for the forge.
The work of the stone masons, on the left a renovated piece, on the right awaiting attention,
The work of the stone masons, on the left a renovated piece, on the right awaiting attention,