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About Hatfield House and Park

The National Trust Hatfield House and Park is a stunning historic estate located in Hertfordshire, England. A popular tourist attraction. This magnificent property has a rich history dating back to the 15th century and has been home to the Cecil family for over 400 years.

The country house itself is a fine example of Jacobean architecture and is considered one of the best-preserved examples in the country. With over 40 acres of tranquillity including a scented garden, fruit trees and historic buildings. This is a wonderful day out that will be interesting for all the family.

 The History of Hatfield Park

The perfect setting of the National Trust's Hatfield House and Park holds a deep and fascinating history. This fine Jacobean House originally belonged to Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury in 1611. The House joined onto the site of an old Palace in Hartfield.

Wonder around this historic house as if it were you own! Walk with grace up and down the Grand Staircase. Notice it's fine carving? Gaze up at the rare stained glass window in the private chapel and scour the house & gardens for all of the magical trinkets and treasures collected by the Earl throughout his life, hundreds of years ago.

The history gets richer and richer when you learn the full story of Henry VIII's links to the House & Gardens. He actually owned the deer park and the original palace! Making this a Tudor Old Palace! If you aren't familiar with Henry the VIII, he's the one of the most famous figures in British history, whether you know him for his six wives, his broken relationship with the pope or his famous daughter Queen Elizabeth I! The palace was actually the place used to house his 3 children Edward, Elizabeth and Mary. In fact The Queen Elizabeth Oak tree on the grounds of the estate is reported to have been where Elizabeth was told she would be queen following Mary's death. A fascinating glimpse into one of Britain's political families of the past.

Whether it's Earls, monarchs, or Marquises, this home with acres of gardens enriched with wonderful historical tales, fascinating items & endless views of the beautiful countryside.

Children's Play Area

Once you have explored the house take your little adventurers to the huge adventure playground that has its own very own miniature replica of Hatfield House. Then, go shopping at the Stable Yard where you'll find a gift shop.

Food & Drink at Hatfield House

Dine out in the Coach House Kitchen restaurant for fantastic food. A great choice of venue whether you are visiting the park or want somewhere to go out for food with your family. Choose from multiple menus and meal times throughout the day. Tuck into the light & fluffy pastries in the morning, sample freshly homemade sandwiches from the deli counter or tantalise your tastebuds with a Sunday Roast in the restaurant. There are great options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free.

Parking For Visitors

The car park is FREE and large - whoop whoop! The Coach and Car Park is accessed through George’s Gate and is located a few hundred yards on from the Station Lodge entrance, at the mini roundabout with a large Citroen dealership. Here is the best postcode to use for the car park: AL9 5HX.

Why we recommend Hatfield House and Park

*Adventure play area

*Perfect for an afternoon of woodland walks 

*Formal gardens 

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Opening Times

Regular Times
  • Monday, Closed
  • Tuesday, Closed
  • Wednesday, Closed
  • Thursday, Closed
  • Friday, Closed
  • Saturday, Closed
  • Sunday, Closed

Hatfield House and Park are currently closed during Winter season.

They will open again for Summer season at the start of April.

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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
  • Child (4-17) : £11.00
  • Adult (17-18+) : £22.00

Prices listed are for general admission of Hatfield House and Gardens.

Admission ticket( Park and Woodland Walks only)
Adults: £8
Kids: £4

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

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Yes, there is parking.

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Tel: 01707287010

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