Join us for a visit to Hatfield House, Park & Gardens
Hatfield House was completed in 1611. It was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury and son of Lord Burghley, the chief minister of Elizabeth I. The deer park surrounding the house and the older building of the Old Palace had been owned by Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, who had used it as a home for his children, Edward, Elizabeth and Mary. It was while she was living in the Old Palace, in 1558, that Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne.
Hatfield House is now the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. Superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship can be seen throughout the House.
The House was splendidly decorated for entertaining the Royal Court, with State Rooms rich in paintings, fine furniture and tapestries.
Superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship can be seen throughout Hatfield House such as the Grand Staircase with its fine carving and the rare stained glass window in the private chapel. Displayed throughout the House are many historic mementos collected over the centuries by the Cecils, one of England's foremost political families.
The garden at Hatfield House dates from the early 17th century when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants for his new home. Tradescant was sent to Europe where he found and brought back trees, bulbs, plants and fruit trees, which had never previously been grown in England. Visitors can enjoy the sundial garden and fountains, and view the famous knot garden adjoining the Tudor Old Palace where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood.
In the Park, an oak tree marks the place where the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne. Visitors can enjoy extensive walks in the park with woodland trails and a wonderful spring bluebell display.
We shall have a late lunch whilst in the grounds at The Coach House Restaurant. A Sunday roast lunch is just £ 10.95 with a hot dessert! But of course there will be lots of other choice.
The group will meet at London Kings Cross and catch the 1006 train to Hatfield.
A group saver ticket will cost £5.75 return.
Where will the group meet??
The group will meet at 0940 outside WHSmiths by the Departures Board ( the new bit of the station for those who knew how it used to be!). You will then buy your group travel tickets and catch the 1006 train.
I shall meet the group at Hatfield Station. The entrance to Hatfield House is just across the road.
The cost for full members of The Daytrippers is £18.50 and it's £21.00 for non members. This is payable when you sign up to attend and tickets will be purchased in advance and includes your entrance to the house, park & gardens.
To become a full member you just need to pay the £10 annual subscription as detailed on our home page. Under the About Us Section - top left - it says Membership Dues. If you click on the blue link it will (should) ping you through to make your membership payment.
Train - the cost of your train ticket will be £5.75 based on a group saver ticket and you will need to purchase this on the day.