Renaissance - 11 June 2015 025 PS

Hatfield House

Step into history

Hatfield House is steeped in Elizabethan and Jacobean style, alongside Victorian political history. Enjoy historical mementos collected over centuries by the Cecil family, in company with renowned textiles, furniture and works of art. You can catch a glimpse of the iconic Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I whilst you’re here! You can also discover the story below stairs, in the recently restored kitchen, as the staff prepared for Queen Victoria’s visit and banquet in 1846.

The picture perfect garden dates from the early 17th century when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants for his new home. Tradescant travelled all over Europe to bring back trees, bulbs, plants and fruit trees, which had not been grown previously in England. Crafting the inspiring and fragrant gardens you can explore today.

Beautifully designed gifts, jewellery, toys and many other treats can be found in the Stable Yard shop. Visitors can also relax at the Coach House Restaurant which serves a variety of delicious foods throughout the day.

Things to do

Hertfordshire is brimming with fantastic things to see and do, so you are sure to discover something wonderful on your visit whatever your age or interests. Escape the rat race and immerse yourself in stunning countryside and incredible historic sites. Pack your bags for a weekend getaway in a picturesque market town, the city of St Albans or at a luxurious golf resort. Or bring the kids and seek out exotic beasts, farmyard favourites and magical movie stars. The choice is endless - start planning your perfect itinerary right here...