Built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, chief minister to King James I, the Jacobean Hatfield House (museum) has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. The site houses numerous iconic objects associated with Queen Elizabeth I, including some gloves and a pair of silk stockings believed to have been the first ones in England. The mansion’s library displays an illuminated parchment 7 m (22 ft) long, displaying the pedigree of Elizabeth I and going back all the way to Adam and Eve. Some of the building’s original Jacobean features are still intact, including the elaborately decorated wooden grand staircase. Join a free guided tour of the mansion’s staterooms to see historic paintings, furniture, tapestries, and armor. Use our Hatfield trip planner to visit Hatfield House (museum) on your trip to Hatfield, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Hatfield House (museum) reviews
Dermot from Hatfield House generously gave up his time to speak about the Tudor dynasty and its links to Hatfield House at our school, Simon Balle All-through, last week. His expertise, charisma and..... more
Dermot from Hatfield House generously gave up his time to speak about the Tudor dynasty and its links to Hatfield House at our school, Simon Balle All-through, last week. His expertise, charisma and..... more »
Pitched up on Sunday. The main house was shut but the Old Palace was open and we booked a very reasonably priced tour guided by Dermot. His passion for history and for the house and it’s story...
Pitched up on Sunday. The main house was shut but the Old Palace was open and we booked a very reasonably priced tour guided by Dermot. His passion for history and for the house and it’s story... more »
A peaceful afternoon spent in a splendid location. The house itself is incredibly well looked and immaculate. The guides in each room are very helpful and more than happy to share their knowledge from the paintings, to which films and TV shows have been filmed at the house. The views from the house are beautiful and gardens incredibly well looked after. It wasn't busy at all and we could walk around at our own pace. Will certainly be visiting again.
Beautiful place to visit. Lovely to chat to guides around the house. The gardens are very pretty. It was too hot to explore them properly. But plenty of shade to sit and have a picnic. Nice cafe/restaurant. Finished off with a very tasty ice-cream.
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