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Hatfield House Garden

An Elizabethan park with a famous Jacobean house which had a great Jacobean garden, designed by Thomas Chaundler, Salomon de Caus and John Tradescant. The layout has changed many times since then but now has a 'seventeenth century character' with terraces and garden enclosures, including a knot garden, herb garden and privy garden. The East Garden adjoining the Jacobean house is more formally planted with its parterre, topiary, herbaceous borders and vegetable garden. The park is well-wooded has an ancient avenue of oak trees.
Photograph © Hatfield House
Photograph © Hatfield House
Photograph © Hatfield House
Photograph © Hatfield House
Photograph © Hatfield House
Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood

History

Dating from the 17th century, the gardens at Hatfield House have evolved into a gardeners’ paradise. Visitors can enjoy the peace of the West Garden with its scented garden and fountains, and view the famous knot garden adjoining the Tudor Old Palace where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. The East garden bordering the Jacobean house, home of the Cecil family for 400 years, is more formally planted with its parterre, topiary, herbaceous borders and vegetable garden.

The House Office, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, AL9 5NQ

29th March - 29th September: House: Wednesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 12 - 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm) East Garden: Wednesday, 11 am - 5.30 pm (last admission 4.30 pm) West Garden & Park: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10 am - 5 pm (last admission 4.30pm)

West Garden & Park Adult - £10.00 Senior - £9.0 Child - £6.00 Pre-booked Group (20+) - £7.00 East Garden - (extra cost – open Wednesday only) Adult - £4.00 Senior - £4.00 Child - £4.00 House Tickets also available, see website for details.

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