Harry Potter connection
This intimidating pile was used as Malfoy Manor in the films.
What to do there
The Malfoy family might have a complicated history, but Hardwick’s owner Bess’s story is even more interesting. She was one of the most powerful women in Elizabethan England, commissioning halls across England, including her own home. Spend a day exploring the house and the ruins of Old Hardwick Hall next door, where she was born.
How to get there
The train from St Pancras International to Chesterfield takes less than two hours.