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Hatfield House

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Hatfield House

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Robin wrote a review Oct 19
London, United Kingdom255 contributions40 helpful votes
We went on a guided tour of the Old Palace and it was absolutely excellent! Our guide Dermot gave a fascinating historical account of the Tudors and the importance of the building itself. He made the whole place come alive and I’ve never been so mesmerised listening to a tour guide. He showed us the very spot Elizabeth and William Cecil strategised the future of Britain and where Elizabeth addressed her council for the first time. It was like being on the set of a movie but this was real and defined a whole historical period! The Tudor palace building itself is remarkable, with its original architecture and wood ceiling perfectly preserved. The staff were all incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the coffee shop had a nice selection of snacks. We also had a lovely walk through the gardens and saw the spot where Elizabeth found out she was queen. If you’re interested in English history and royalty this is definitely a must see!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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lisabdoestravel14 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom10 contributions8 helpful votes
Friends and I had such a lovely time visiting on Saturday 12th September and felt so safe with the Covid19 measures put in place. Dermot taking the tour of the Old Palace was great and very knowledgeable. We saw him later on and he came over to thank us for coming and said goodbye to us, such a lovely man. We did get lost on the woodland walks and missed seeing the Elizabeth Tree but that just means we will have to come again. The deer were hiding from us too but hopefully we will see them on another visit. The main house was closed due to Covid which was a shame but totally understandable. Oh and the chocolate twist in The Coach House was delicious. I'd come again just for that. Just one slight thing to point out. The ladies toilet, although measures had been put in place, the sinks you could use that weren't taped off, were directly opposite each other. Maybe taping off opposite basins on each side would have been better so the person facing you was slightly to the side.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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mcsquirtee wrote a review Sep 2020
Felixstowe, United Kingdom65 contributions12 helpful votes
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We visited yesterday and had a great visit. The car park on entry was very well organised and friendly staff recommended that we take a guided tour of the Palace as that was included in our ticket. Don't miss one of these tours, on the hour, lasting around 45 minutes. Dermot was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the House and Palace. He brought history to life. Having recently visited Framlingham Castle in Suffolk, we appreciated the significance of Queen Mary.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Meander817084 wrote a review Aug 2020
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Great afternoon. The house was closed - due to Covid-19, but it didn't matter. The Palace, Gardens, and woodland grounds are easily enough to occupy a day, let alone an afternoon. The staff in attendance were superb, not only suggesting what to see, and the order, but also detailed insights into the history, it's place in Tudor politics, even delving into construction, and engineering. Totally facinating. Oh, and we even got to try out the foot maze, and prove that you get negiotiate it to the centre. Brilliant
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Date of experience: August 2020
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LexiJane wrote a review Aug 2020
Eynsford, United Kingdom33 contributions4 helpful votes
It was the first time I’d visited & had booked the outdoor cinema with a friend. The lady at the ticket office was very welcoming & helpful. We took a stroll around the gardens first. considering it was during a heatwave the beds did look a little parched but still pleasant. Although the main house was closed due to Covid-19 there was a very friendly gentleman called Dermot who chatted with us sharing his knowledge of the estate. He mentioned he usually does tours around the house. He was so friendly it made me want to come back when they’re fully open. Dermot is a credit to the estate. The outdoor cinema was virtually empty but I think it was because it was exceptionally hot & unfortunately there wasn’t much shade to sit in. There were food & drink stalls to accommodate the customers too. The security staff were very helpful too. I’m disabled and walk with a stick so some parts were tricky to walk up but I took it slowly & it didn’t dampen my enjoyment. I’d just advise it’s somewhere you’d want to take your time if you want to explore the whole place as it’s massive. All in all I would recommend this for a nice place out for anyone to enjoy. I will be back in the autumn and spring to see how the gardens are during different seasons
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Date of experience: August 2020
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