Hatfield House, Park and Gardens

Home of the Marquess of Salisbury. The magnificent house, built by Robert Cecil in 1611, is full of exquisite tapestries, furniture and world famous paintings. Superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship can be seen throughout Hatfield House, such as the grand staircase, with its wealth of lively detail carved in oak, and the rare stained glass window in the private chapel. John Tradescant the Elder, the celebrated plant hunter, was employed to plant & lay out the gardens. During the 18th century, when landscape gardening became more fashionable, much of his work was neglected & swept away. The present Marchioness has continued with the work of restoration & re-development, started in the mid 19th C, so that the 42 acres of gardens now include formal, knot, scented & wilderness areas which reflects their Jacobean history. The 4000 acres of parkland surrounding the house are open to visitors & are crossed by marked trails. It was here that the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne folowing the death of Mary Tudor. Together with the national collection of model soldiers, play area, restaurant & shop, it is an ideal day out for families. The Old Tudor Palace, childhood home of Elizabeth I, is now a venue for functions, weddings & Elizabethan banquets. The Old Tudor Palace - Tel: 01707 262055 Ample free parking for cars and coaches. Gift and Garden Shops

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