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. Use our Hatfield trip planner to visit Hatfield House on your trip to Hatfield, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Hatfield House Reviews
Beautiful jacobite palace. Well maintained gardens, with small ponds with water lilly. Old oaks with strange appearence. Olde Elizabethan mansion more »
A great place to walk around. The house is rteally interesting and the addition of the courtyard cafes and shops make it fun for all. Extensive grounds and a great classic car show usually in july. Al... more »
Have been here many times, such a lovely place. Although the main house is not the original one in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, it is still worth seeing. The Banquet Hall is the 15th Century Great H... more »
Despite living locally for a good few years, I only managed a visit to Hatfield House for the first time last month. Admission pricey but a ticket gets you into the house once but once stamped at the ticket booth, allows entrance to the grounds for a year. The house is absolutely stunning and the history is quite incredible. There are guides in most of the areas of the house and were always very helpful with additional information. Unfortunately, it wasn't the best weather on the day I visited so will be exploring the grounds properly when the sun is here. Definitely looks ideal for summer picnics and the like...
Magnificent country house set in a massive park just close to Hatfield town centre. The house is very well reserved, maintained, hosting many beautiful paintings and historic items. The private Chapel with a stained glass window is particularly pretty. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming - we learnt so much about British monarchy and nobility in just one afternoon. Really enjoyable visit.
Delightful palace with beautiful works of art. Do not miss the tapestries which deserve a visit on their own. The gardens are a dream and the Cafe is also excellent. Oh, and they play tennis like Henry the VIII, look for that, it is a trip to the past.
Beautiful and very interesting house. I enjoyed the house tour (staff is very knowledgeable) and the garden is beautiful- lots of interesting finds. Great place to visit on a sunny day.
Just a brilliant day out in the sunshine. The house is beautiful and is obviously of significant historic interest. The gardens are idyllic and the season ticket upgrade means I'm sure to return.
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