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Hatfield House, Hatfield

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3.9/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • So this was on our list of things to do. And it did not disappoint. One of the things that we appreciated was that if you desired, you could actually go to the restaurant and shops without having to p...  read more »
  • I've always wanted to visited Hatfield House since moving to Hertfordshire. I can't believe I haven't been before. Absolutely stunning inside and out. Definitely recommend a visit for all ages. The on...  read more »
  • I love this place. It's like walking back in time. Here one can see the ladies in long dresses And Queen Elizabeth the first who wandered in the beautiful surroundings, in this place, she was the day she got the message that she had been the Queen of England. You can visit the historic house and more beautiful gardens. really worth a visit
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  • My daughter is studying art and wishes to view the 'rainbow' portrait of Elisabeth 1st at Hatfield. Although she has no desire to see the house, merely study the picture we were told that we would have to pay the full cost of entrance. This amounts to paying £33 to see one picture. Why? The National Portrait Gallery is free. Surely this is a national treasure to which the public should be allowed free access. How tiresome that these places see the general public as nothing more than a money making opportunity.
  • Excellent privately owned estate. Little on the pricey side, £16 each for the house and gardens. Well worth it, lovely day out!
  • Amazing place to visit. Stunning views and setting. Lots of scenery. Nice shops. 3rd Sunday of the month there is a farmers market on.
  • A bit on the expensive side but a very interesting experience. Made me a bit uneasy when I realized the extremely large class differences survived the 20th century.
  • Fantastic day at Hatfield house and grounds. It was raining but it didn't dampen our enjoyment. So much money had been spent on updating all public areas. Beautiful houses old and even older. Cafe has fantastic food. Shops are unique . Will be returning soon with our mums.
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