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Hatfield House Description

Home of the Cecil family for 400 years, Hatfield House is possibly the most celebrated Jacobean house in England. Steeped in Elizabethan and Victorian political history it stands in its own great park and is famous for its exquisite furniture, tapestries and paintings.

Built in 1611 by Robert Cecil 1st Earl of Salisbury and designed to house an extensive family as well as state visits by his Monarch, it was built from, and contained nothing but, the best. Rich in the craftsmanship of the day the fine carving and rare stained glass, and the Grand Staircase all give a new meaning to the word grand. The house is full of fine furniture and fittings, outstanding portraits including that of Elizabeth herself, holding a rainbow with the inscription "no rainbow without the sun" in Latin. The Elizabethans just adored symbolism.

A strong political connection comes down over the centuries, dealing ably with the gradual transition of power from the Monarch to the elected government. One can imagine leading politicians of the day pacing the 170 feet long gallery after its lengthening in 1781, or King James's drawing room now with its lifesize statue of the King himself.

There are 42 acres of formal gardens which have been developed over the years to reflect their Jacobean origins. In the grounds stands part of the historic Old Palace where Elizabeth I spent her childhood, now a spectacular venue for weddings, private functions and Elizabethan banquets.

The Hatfield of the present day carries its historic legacy with grace and a splendour that does not overwhelm. Historic homes can be a prey to those who would rob them of their integrity, but 21st century visitors to a Jacobean Hatfield are entertained by a house, garden and estate that stays true to itself.

Hatfield is a fine example of an historic property that has handled the transformation of a private home into a place than can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you seek quiet parkland, beautiful gardens, a gracious house or something more rumbustious from their wide range of events. For those who are fortunate enough to be married at Hatfield there could be few finer places at which to join the wedding cord.

Living Crafts
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th May 2014
10am to 5.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Oak Field
For an enjoyable and entertaining creative day out, visit the extra special Living Crafts event, celebrating its 40th Anniversary from 8 – 11 May 2014. This leading UK craft experience includes ‘Have a go’ workshops, art lectures, spectacular live craft demonstrations, a sculpture school and entertainment and features over 300 acclaimed British designer-makers.
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Art in Clay
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014
10am to 5.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Oak Field
Art in Clay Pottery and Ceramics Festivals
Showcasing some of the finest ceramics currently being made by individual makers in the UK and Europe.
Art in Clay Hatfield is an outdoor summer event held in marquees in the beautiful parklands of Hatfield House. A large event of over 190 exhibitors, which also includes a full programme of talks and demonstrations, a Throw-a-Pot marquee if you'd like to have a go and a Make and Take area for families to get their hands on clay and be creative.
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Battle Proms
Saturday 19th July 2014
Gates open 4.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Oak Field
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Folk by the Oak
Sunday 20th July 2014
Gates open 1.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Oak Field
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Weddings, Banquets and Conferences
Weddings, banquets, and conferences are grist to their mill at Hatfield and excellent opportunities for anything from a cup of tea to a full on meal can be enjoyed in the Coach House Restaurant.

Hatfield Park Farm
Established in 2011, the anniversary year of the House, Hatfield Park Farm covers an area of approximately 25 acres on the west side of the House. The working farm shows the animals in a natural countryside setting.
While walking amongst the paddocks visitors can see pigs, sheep, ponies and many types of ducks and geese as well. By taking advantage of the feeding stations visitors can see them up close. Children can play in the sand pits, bounce around on the tractor tyres and climb up and over the wooden tractor.
There are also tractor and trailer rides around the farm daily and a miniature train that runs at weekends and during the school holidays.
Next to the Farm is Bloody Hollow, also introduced in 2011. The play area continues a scale model of Hatfield House for children to play in, out and on top of.

Stable Yard

The newly refurbished Stable Yard is now home to a variety of independent retailers as well as our own Hatfield House Gift Shop. Amongst our retailers you will find a wide selection of presents and mementos to take home. We hope you will enjoy exploring the antique shop and gallery where you will find interesting and original works. The central obelisk topped with a pineapple, a sign of hospitality, welcomes you to the Coach House Restaurant. Stable Yard hosts many activities throughout the year including buskers, face painting and craft days! Stable Yard is open independently of the House and Gardens throughout the year.

Opening Times - 2014

5th April - 30th September:

  • House: Wednesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 11 - 5 pm (last admission 4 pm)
  • East Garden: Wednesday, 10 am - 5.30 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)
  • West Garden: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10 am - 5 pm (last admission 4.30pm)
  • Park: Daily, 10 am - 5.30 pm (last admission 5 pm)
  • Stable Yard Shops: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 11 am - 5.30 pm
  • Restaurant: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Hatfield Park Farm & Bloody Hollow: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10 am - 5.30 pm (or dusk)

Admission Prices - 2014

(except during major events - see website)

Hatfield House, West Garden & Park

  • Adult - £15.50
  • Senior - £14.50
  • Child - £8.50
  • Pre-booked Group (20+) - £12.50

West Garden & Park

  • Adult - £10.00
  • Senior - £9.00
  • Child - £6.00
  • Pre-booked Group (20+) - £7.00

East Garden - (extra cost – open Wednesday only)

  • Adult - £4.00
  • Senior - £4.00
  • Child - £4.00
  • Pre-booked Group (20+) - £4.00

Hatfield Park Farm & Bloody Hollow (Tuesday - Sunday)

  • Adult - £5.00
  • Senior - £5.00
  • Child - £2.00

Stable Yard - Free Entry
House Audio Tours - £3.00
Guided House Tours (per tour – up to 30 people) - £40.00


Weddings, Functions: +44 (0)1707 262055

Elizabethan Banquets: + 44 (0)1707 262055

Owner: The 7th Marquess of Salisbury

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Additional Info for Hatfield House

  • YesParks
  • YesGardens
  • YesPlaygrounds
  • YesDogs allowed
  • YesWeddings
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesEducation
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesConferences
  • YesFilming
  • YesGifts
  • YesLive Entertainment
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesVisa
  • YesDelta
  • YesSwitch

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