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Hatfield House

Hatfield House

Address

Hatfield,
Hertfordshire,
AL9 5NQ

Details

Built by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I, from 1607 to 1611. There is a marvellous collection of pictures, furnishings and historic armour on display. The estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years - one of England's foremost political families. Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.

The Royal Palace of Hatfield (c 1485) in the West Garden is where Elizabeth I spent most of her childhood. In the park, an oak tree marks the place where the young princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne.

The garden at Hatfield House dates from the early 17th Century when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants for his new home. The West Garden includes a scented garden, herb garden and knot garden. Visitors can enjoy the extensive park surrounding the house. Play area for children.

Open Easter Saturday to end of September.

Events programme throughout the year - see website for details. Open all year for weddings, parties, corporate hospitality and conferences, including the famous Hatfield Banquet held in the Old Palace on Friday evenings. Call 01707 262055 for information. Free parking. Pedestrian entrance opposite Hatfield Railway station - London, Kings Cross 20 minutes. 5 minutes from A1 junction 4.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Sandford Award for Education. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Opening details

Hatfield House (Wed-Sun) - 11am last admission is at 3:30pm.

Prices

House, West Garden and Park - Adult £16, Senior £15, Child £8, Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult +3 children) £44
West Garden and Park - Adult £10, Senior £9, Child £6
Farm and play area - Adult £5, Child £2

Location

Directions

See location of Hatfield House on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 237083  Lat: 51.76057 Long: -0.20882

By Road:
Hatfield House is 21 miles from Central London, 7 miles north of the M25 motorway (junction 23) and 2 miles east of the A1 (M) (junction 4). Exit the A1 (M) at junction 4 (after the Hatfield Tunnel if travelling from the South) and follow the brown leisure signs for Hatfield House via the A414 and A1000. For Sat Nav please use AL9 5HX.

By Bus or Train:
The pedestrian entrance to Hatfield Park is opposite Hatfield station. The fast train from Kings Cross to Hatfield takes 22 minutes. There are London Underground links with this mainline at Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria lines).

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Hatfield station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Sandford Award for Education. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu