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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. 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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  • 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 »
  • Really beautyfull inside the palace, you can visit two original paintings about I. Elizabeth. Freandly staff. The tickets are expensive ( 19 pound/ adult) but worth it. Inside the palace you have to leave the buggy downstairs. There is a great toy shop. The toilets are clean and very high standard.
  • I'm in love with this place. Amazing royal manor. Relaxing park and lovely place where to spend a Sunday afternoon, a must if you live nearby.
  • Stunning gardens and house. Very knowledgeable and pleasant guides around the house. Hatfield House has been used in many movies. The ticket gets you in for the season.
  • An immaculate jacobean stately home with lots of historical surprises
  • not impressed ,we went there mainly for the gardens the best 1/3 of the gardens ,the knot garden was locked off for a private corporate event ,1/3 the east garden you had to pay extra for and the people coming out told me it was not worth the extra money so the last 1/3 the west garden and the compass garden were ok but boring uncared for plants and lot of fast growing hedging instead of the topiary garden i was looking for the house was nice but smaller than i expected with less history than i was looking for ,very overpriced at £19 each the farms is not included thats £5 extra ,we felt like the visitors were in the way of the large corporate event in the old palace and the 15 business in the courtyard

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