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The main entrance of Hatfield House, opposite a bustling urban railway station, gives little clue to the size and splendour of this Jacobean mansion and its beautiful gardens, set in 1000 acres of tranquil parkland.

Built in 1611, and still home to the 7th Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield has sumptuous state rooms full of paintings, fine furniture, tapestries and armour. The adjacent Old Palace, dating from 1485, was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth 1 who famously learned of her succession to the thone while walking in the park (at a place now marked by an oak tree).

Outside are the West Garden's fountains, terraces, scented plants and wilderness area dotted with unusual sculptures. Keen horticulturalists should note that the East Garden is open only on Thursdays. There are three marked walks to enjoy in the park (ranging from one to three miles) while children can climb, swing and slide in the Elephant Dell Play Area, which has shady picnic tables for a packed lunch.  Light lunches, cream teas, cakes and a good selection of hot and cold drinks (including speciality beers) are available from the Coach House Restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating. New in 2011 is Hatfield Park Farm (traditional breeds) and Bloody Hollow (adventure playground).


  • Fascinating history, architecture and interiors
  • The beauty and tranquillity of the gardens and surrounding park
  • Good quality restaurant catering and service
  • Great children's play area with equipment for all ages
  • Entry fees tailored to the scope of your visit

Note: the model soldiers exhibition is up a flight of steps and is not wheelchair accessible.


  • Dates and times: See website for current opening times and admission prices.
  • Hire information: Opening times: Easter Saturday to end of September. House: Wed to Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 12 noon-5pm (last admission 4pm). Park, West Garden, Restaurant & Shop: daily 11am to 5.30 pm, East Garden: Thursdays 11am to 5.30pm (last admission 5pm).

Address and Contact info

  • Address:
  • Town: Hatfield
  • County: Herts
  • Postcode: AL9 5NQ

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£10 for a walk around the park - review by jake2e5cf
This was the worst value heritage visit ive ever done. They charged me £10 just to walk around the park, half of which is off limits to the public. The house was closed. One sunken garden was open. Not even Windsor castle charges these kind of rates. A crappy experience all round. 17 May 16
Hatfield House
Beautiful gardens - review by rnk

We decided to get tickets for the park andamp; west garden and just admire the House from the outside, and felt it was good value. The west garden is really lovely - fantastic topiary, colonnades, statues, foundations, sun-dials and flowers, and lots of paths hither and thither. The park is also well maintained (even the bit they call the Wilderness) and you can do a 2 hour stroll without leaving the grounds, or just settle for a picnic. Hurry, while Summer lasts. [Sep 09]

02 Sep 09
Hatfield House


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