Hatfield House is a Jacobean house that dates from 1611. It was built by the first Earl of Salisbury, Robert Cecil. Generations of the Cecil family have lived in the house since then and presently it is the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.
Visitors to the house are able to see round the State Rooms which contain many famous paintings, tapestries and fine furniture. An audio guide to accompany a visit is available for purchase.
Another fine feature of the house is King James’ Drawing Room. This was the main reception room and it contains a life size statue of King James I above the chimney breast.
Some of the oldest items on display in Hatfield House are to be found in the Marble Hall. In this area are the original tables and benches and the oak carving on the walls and ceiling is much the same as it was when the house was built.
The Chapel, which was consecrated in 1614, is still in use today as a place of worship. It has a stained glass window which dates from 1610.
All of the open rooms are accessible by wheelchair and pram users. There is a lift to the first floor, but it will not fit anything bigger than a standard-sized manual wheelchair. Visitors can loan a wheelchair, but they cannot be used outside.The restaurant and gift shop both have access ramps.
Much of the gardens are accessible with prams and wheelchairs, and a map is available on admission, which shows a recommended route for wheelchair users to make the most of their visit to the gardens.
Hatfield House is accessible by road, and is 21 miles north of London. The nearest train station is Hatfield Station, which is only a five minute walk from the house. Contact the house for up to date travel information as routes and timetables change frequently.
Audio and guided tours are available (for a fee), and can be organised on arrival.
The park also has a play area for children and picnic tables are provided. A range of hot and cold dishes are served throughout the day in the Coach House restaurant. On fine days meals can be taken outside.
There is a gift shop on site, and toilets including baby change facilities. Parking is free.
Hatfield Park (Great North Road,)