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Hatfield House, Hatfield

(4/5 based on 650+ 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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  • Attended old palace for a wedding on valentine's day. Beautiful setting and grounds. Highly recommend a visit. What we saw was beautiful.  more »
  • Set in beautiful grounds Hatfield house is an excellent example of English Heritage, steeped in history.  more »
  • Hatfield House is a truly historical gem of a place, lots of atmosphere, lovely grounds, nice shops and a really good cafeteria. Could go there again and again without getting bored.  more »
  • We have a two year old so only paid £10 for two adults to walk round the farm animal area. We loved it and paid extra to have a little train ride, before heading up to the restaurant and shops. Lovely area to sit and eat or enjoy a Coffee. Quite pricey at nearly £7 for a sandwich, but we had a burger, salad and chips for £10 as a BBQ was was set up outside. Great areas to sit and enjoy your own picnics, should you choose to bring your own food. Very friendly staff in the toy/gift shop, who went above and beyond to make our little boy smile. There is a paint a piece of pottery shop, a music shop, a jewelry shop and a dog groomers. Overall a lovely day out.
  • Loved the house and contents. food a bit pricey but good. A mad queueing system to choose your food that takes a while to figure out. Kids enjoyed the farm area and climbing frames. Ps This is where Robbie Williams filmed his video for the song"Party like a Russian"
  • Attend Folk by the Oak, which is an amazing festival. The only drawback is clearing the car park at the end of the night which is a complete nightmare! They really need to sort out the stewarding for this so that it flows much better. Can end up waiting for nearly an hour to get off the grounds!
  • Very helpful volunteers, especially Barbara, to disabled folk like myself. They go out of their way to ensure you can reach every room despite the challenges of an old building. Despite some rain on our visit it did not prevent us from enjoying some of the well kept gardens.
  • Fantastic day out on this privately owned house. The Guides were very informative, don't waste the £3 on the audio guide when a real person can tell you fantastic stories. The paintings were very impressive. The gardens were beautiful. The coffee shop is reassuringly expensive, but the food is good quality.