Photo: Allan Engelhardt

Visit Hatfield House and explore one of the Treasure Houses of England. Named one of the ten most magnificent houses in England, the Jacobean architecture is often lauded, but the whole house radiates a deep sense of history. Hatfield was the childhood home of Henry VIII’s children, Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth. It was here in the garden in 1558 that Elizabeth I found out of her accession to the throne! See if you can find the old oak tree that marks the place. Visitors further explore the garden where Elizabeth I spent much of her formative years.

Step into the house to explore Elizabethan history and beyond. A highlight is the Rainbow Portrait which is widely acknowledged to be the most colourful portrayal of Elizabeth I. She holds a rainbow with the message ‘Non sine sole iris,” or ‘No rainbow without the sun.’ Hatfield also houses gloves and a pair of silk stockings (believed to be the first in England!) of Elizabeth’s. Not to miss is the library which houses more than 10,000 books from the 16th century to present day, including an illuminated manuscript that shows the pedigree of Elizabeth I going back to Adam and Eve!

Discover the Victorian kitchen to experience the atmosphere of the exciting wave of progress at the turn of the century. You can even see how staff would have prepared a banquet for Queen Victoria’s visit to the house in 1846! If you’re an art aficionado, stop by the Long Gallery, an essential Jacobean feature. It runs the entire length of the South Front, nearly 170 ft!

Hatfield has also been featured in many movies, such as Tomb Raider, The Importance of Being Earnest, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Part 2), and Sherlock Holmes. Explore the 42 acres of grounds to see where each scene was filmed!


Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ
Tel: 01707 287010
Times: House (Wednesday-Sunday & Bank Holidays) 12pm – 5pm
East Garden (Wednesday) 11am – 5pm
Park and Stable Yard (Tuesday-Sunday & Bank Holidays) 11am – 5.30pm
Restaurant and West Garden (Tuesday-Sunday & Bank Holidays) 10am – 5pm
Hatfield Park Farm & Bloody Hollow (Tuesday-Sunday & Bank Holidays) 10am – 5.30pm