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Hatfield House, Hatfield

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Built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, chief minister to King James I, the Jacobean Hatfield House has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. The site houses numerous iconic objects associated with Queen Elizabeth I, including some gloves and a pair of silk stockings believed to have been the first ones in England. The mansion’s library displays an illuminated parchment 7 m (22 ft) long, displaying the pedigree of Elizabeth I and going back all the way to Adam and Eve. Some of the building’s original Jacobean features are still intact, including the elaborately decorated wooden grand staircase. Join a free guided tour of the mansion’s staterooms to see historic paintings, furniture, tapestries, and armor. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Hatfield House by using our Hatfield trip itinerary planner.
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  • We went at the beginning of the season before the house was open to the public. We had a 4 year old and a toddler with us who loved the farm! You can roam at leisure and there are lots of stops to pla...  more »
  • Hatfield house is great for my 3 year old. There is an extensive farm with play zones, sand pit and the bloody hollow which is a pretty big outdoor play area. We also have frequently gone to the cafe ...  more »
  • I took my grandchildren aged 9 and 7 to the farm area of Hatfield House recently and they had a wonderful time, firstly a tractor ride around the farm animal area and then walked around seeing recentl...  more »