National Trust - Hardwick Hall
Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, UK
About National Trust - Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country. Built between 1590 and 1597 for Bess of Hardwick, it was designed by the architect Robert Smythson, an exponent of the Renaissance style. It is fully open to the public and received 298,283 visitors in 2019. Ownership of the house was transferred to the National Trust in 1959.
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