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Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

  • Destination: UK - England
  • Duration: 1 day

This grand country house set among the Great Park in Hatfield, Hertfordshire represents one of the finest examples of Jacobean architecture. An earlier building on the site (only part still exists) was once the Royal Palace of Hatfield and childhood home and favourite residence of Queen Elizabeth I. King Henry’s VIII children, King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I spent much of their youth at this palace.

Hatfield House is a popular tourist attraction because of its long relationship with Queen Elizabeth I and displays some of the finest period artefacts in England. The gardens are equally as stunning as the house and covers 42 acres with exotic trees and plants, fountains, herb gardens, and a foot maze.

There are many interesting things to see and many facilities located on the grounds including shops, restaurants, and play area for small children.

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Example itinerary

Day 1

Morning: Depart from school and travel to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

Afternoon: Upon arrival your group will gain admission to visit Hatfield House. See the Rainbow Portrait, The Robert Cecil Rock Crystals, The Marble Hall, King James Drawing Room as well as exploring the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds.

Evening: Depart from Hatfield House in the early evening and travel back to school. End of tour.

Sights & items of interest in Hatfield House

The Rainbow Portrait
Hatfield HouseThis colourful Tudor portrait of Queen Elizabeth I holding a rainbow in her hands is hugely symbolic. Above  the rainbow is the incription which translates “No rainbow without the sun” and reminds people that without the queen’s insight and wisdom there can not be peace and prosperity.

Robert Cecil Rock Crystals
Hatfield HouseThis beautiful collection of Rock crystals belonged to Robert Cecil and each one carved out of a single piece of crystal.

Marble Hall
Hatfield HouseThe Marble Hall of Hatfield House was sometimes used by the 1st Earl of Salisbury as a dining room with lavish banquets and dances. The floor is made of black and white chequered marble and because of this feature the room is named.

King James Drawing Room
Hatfield HouseThe main reception room in the house and this room is named after the life sized statue of James I and sits ontop the mantlepiece. There are many paintings and and pictures throughout the room.

Hatfield HouseThe Armoury is in the Italian renaussance style and most of the armour was purchased from the Tower of London.

Hatfield House on Map

Hatfield House video

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