The Garden Landscape Guide

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.


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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  • over 2 years by Alie 1 / 5

    It was really a big disappointment. We are true garden lovers and travel for many years to GB just for the gardens, and in the meanwhile we have seen hunderds of nice gardens.
    Yesterday we visit Hatfield House, and never have seen such a bad garden, for such great money! We have paid for 10 Pounds, and in 45 minutes we are finished, a big disappointment!! Many weeds, no maintained. Maybe it use to be good, not anymore.
  • almost 4 years by Anonymous 2 / 5

    We visited the East Gardens at Hatfield House this week and. whereas we found the wild gardens and walks down to the lake a delight, we were very disappointed with the state of the formal gardens. The herbaceous borders looked uncared for and were a poor reflection of their former glory. Most of the beds were out of control and ridled with weeds (including ground elder). The lawns were not well cared for and the edges had not been trimmed for some time. All in all we felt the supplement paid to visit these gardens was not good value for money.
  • about 6 years by J. Wylin 5 / 5

    bezocht op 21 mei 2010
    klassetuin zijn aantal sterren waard. Perfect onderhoud, visie voor heraanleg, integratie van kunst in de tuin, alle onderdelen van een Engelse tuin zijn aanwezig. Puur, met stijl, een voorbeeld...
  • over 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    i feel its a great shame.the green outside the house itself has been turned into a car park.i used to love watching the cricket matches when i was achild and in my teens/

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East Garden, Hatfield House Photograph © Hatfield House
Hatfield House Photograph © Hatfield House
Hatfield House Garden, Hertfordshire Photograph © Hatfield House
Hatfield house spring Photograph © Hatfield House
Hatfieldknotgarden Photograph © Hatfield House
Easter 2013, Hatfield House Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood