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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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The Hatfield House was actually closed but we heard a portion would be open to pay respects to the Queen. We wandered in and were greeted warmly by all. Guide Dermot was especially accommodating and..... more
The Hatfield House was actually closed but we heard a portion would be open to pay respects to the Queen. We wandered in and were greeted warmly by all. Guide Dermot was especially accommodating and..... more »
The grounds of Hatfield house are beautiful, we spent a few hours on a Sunday afternoon wandering the grounds and gardens. It was easy to park and free . They have a lovely tribute to Queen Elizabeth.... more
The grounds of Hatfield house are beautiful, we spent a few hours on a Sunday afternoon wandering the grounds and gardens. It was easy to park and free . They have a lovely tribute to Queen Elizabeth.... 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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