Hatfield House

Type:Historic House / Palace

Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5HX

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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.

Sandford Award for Education.
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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
House, park and gardens£13.00 child
House, park and Gardens£21.00 adult
The park and woodland walks£9.00 adult
The park and woodland walks£4.50 child

Under 3s go free.


Road Directions

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).

Accessible by Public Transport: Hatfield station is 0 miles away.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Serve lunch

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Film or TV location

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Secure cycle parking

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

Hatfield Park and Gardens (2 Apr 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - SundayOpen
Hatfield House (19 May 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - SundayOpen

* The Old Palace is open for tours on selected dates between 12pm to 5pm. Dates for tours and opening times can be here: hatfield-house.co.uk/your-visit/opening-times-prices


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017
  • Other Awards The Treasure Houses of England 2017

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