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The Thames Valley Sights

Hatfield House

  • Great North Rd. Map It
  • Hatfield
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/28/2014

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Six miles east of St. Albans, this outstanding brick mansion surrounded by lovely formal gardens stands as a testament to the magnificence of Jacobean architecture. Robert Cecil, earl of Salisbury, built Hatfield in 1611, and his descendants still live here. The interior, with its dark-wood paneling, lush tapestries, and Tudor and Jacobean portraits, reveals much about the era. Perhaps its finest feature is the ornate Grand Staircase, with carved wooden figures on the

banisters. The knot garden, near the Tudor Old Palace where the first Queen Elizabeth spent much of her youth, is a highlight of the West Garden. Wednesday is the only day on which the East Garden, with topiaries, parterres, and rare plants, is open to the public. The Park has lovely woodland paths and masses of bluebells. There are various markets, theater performances, and shows throughout the season.

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Great North Rd., Hatfield, AL9 5NQ, England

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Sight Details:

  • House, West Garden, and Park £15.50; East Garden £4; park £5
  • House Easter–Sept., Wed.–Sun. and holiday Mon. noon–5; West Garden Tues.–Sun. and holiday Mon. 10–5; East Garden Wed. 10–5; Park Tues.–Sun. and holiday Mon. 10–5:30

Updated 05/28/2014


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Apr 16, 2010

Hatfield House Review

Hatfield is wonderful. I visited the banquet hall where Elizabeh I and other Tudors had spent time. The grounds are beautiful. The tree where Elizabeth I was told she was Queen has died but the spot is marked with a new tree planted by Elizabeth II. Would have loved to attended one of the evening banquets. The cast was great. Across the street from the Train.

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