Hatfield House Hatfield Hertfordshire
Hatfield House the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury is an exquisite Jacobean jewel set in beautiful formal gardens and Great Park
The Gardens date from 1611 when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to plant them. Much of the 42 acres of garden have been restored and include scented gardens, herb gardens and knot garden. The adjoining wilderness areas are at their best in spring where visitors can enjoy the daffodils and wildflowers. The East gardenâ€™s elegant parterres, topiary and rare plants are a delight for the gardening enthusiast and for those wishing to spend a quiet time in idyllic surroundings.
Within the gardens stands the surviving wing of The Royal Palace of Hatfield where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and held her first Council of State in November 1558. It was here in the Park that the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne. Visitors can enjoy the 1000 acres of park with bluebell walks in the woodland and park trails.
The Jacobean Hatfield House has a fine collection of pictures, tapestries, furnishings and historic armour.
Please check website www.hatfield-house.co.uk or phone 01707 287010 for details of special events.