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Hertfordshire - Hatfield House

Hertfordshire - Hatfield House

Visitors with disabilities are most welcome to Hatfield House and to its Great Park and famous formal gardens.

  • There is good access and excellent facilities for all those with disabilities. Necessary helpers are admitted free of charge.
  • Those in wheelchairs are able to visit the entire house. There is a small lift and wheelchairs that fit in are available on loan.
  • Special house tours for groups with disabilities can be arranged, if necessary, at 11 am before the general public is admitted.
  • There is a recommended wheelchair route around the West Gardens, which are mostly accessible throughout the year. The rest of the gardens and the park have good paths and roads, and are generally level, but are more accessible in the dry summer months. Wheelchairs are not provided for outside use.
  • As well as adapted WCs within all the public facilities, there is a separate unisex adapted WC for couples in the Old Palace archway.

    Dog walking over 1000 acres. Queen Elizabeth I spent most of her childhood at Hatfield.

    The great hall of the old Royal Palace, which is close to the present house, is now the prestigious venue for weddings, private functions and banquets. Hatfield House was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury & Chief Minister to King James 1, in 1611. This celebrated Jacobean house has been in the Cecil Family ever since and is the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.


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