Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Step back in time this summer at Hatfield House!
Discover the secrets of one of England’s most historic stately homes – from its Royal visitors to the lives of the servants below stairs. The summer holidays are the perfect time to explore Hatfield House and enjoy the stunning gardens. Children can also explore the vast parkland have a picnic and visit the famous spot where Queen Elizabeth I was sat reading a book when the news came…’Your sister, Mary Tudor, is dead. You are now the Queen of England!’
The beautiful Hatfield House is an unforgettable day out with the family in Hertfordshire.
The Hatfield Estate has been in the Cecil family for over 400 years. The House was decorated magnificently for the purposes of entertaining the Royal Court, and its State Rooms had many paintings, tapestries and fine furniture and there are examples of wonderful Jacobean craftsmanship all over the House such as the stained glass window in the chapel and the Grand Staircase.
Enjoy the Sundial Garden, where the Longitude Timepiece was commissioned to celebrate Hatfield House’s 400th anniversary. West Parterre and Old Palace Garden adjoining the Tudor Palace are stunning with a mini maze in one of the sections. Visitors can explore the three walks of differing lengths in the Park: the Blue, Red and Green Walks. The older building of the Old Palace and the deer park once belonged to Henry VIII, home for his three children and it was in fact while Elizabeth was living in the Old Palace, that she learnt the news in 1558 that she had become Queen. Children will love the children’s play area in Bloody Hollow as it has a scale model of Hatfield House to play in and and also Hatfield Park Farm close by. Check out the website for details of opening times.