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Visit to Hatfield House
Wednesday 07 August 2019

"The veteran oaks of Hatfield Park have seen mediaeval monarchs and bishops hunting and conspiring since well before Tudor times. Despite this, it is the Tudor monarchy that is Hatfield’s presiding spirit, in particular its greatest ornament, Queen Elizabeth I. Whilst only a quarter of Cardinal Morton’s Palace (known today as the Old Palace) remains, it is still regarded as one of England’s most remarkable buildings with its early Tudor brickwork and magnificent oak roof. " (taken from Hatfield House publicity material)


Hatfield House is one of the finest Jacobean houses in England - the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family.   The House was built between 1607 and 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and has been in the Cecil family ever since.

The history of the Estate began in 1485 when John Morton, Bishop of Ely and King Henry VII’s Minister began to build Hatfield Palace.   Henry VIII acquired the Palace from the Bishop of Ely in 1538 and it was here that Henry VIII’s children spent their childhood, and Elizabeth learned of her succession to the throne.

Depart: 8.45am for a prompt departure at 9am from Banstead Community Hall.   This is the only pick-up point.   Free parking for the day is available at the rear of the Community Hall car park.

On arrival: 11am Morning Coffee, private room upstairs in the River Cottage Kitchen & Deli in the Stable Yard; followed by a one hour Guided Tour of the House in two groups at 12 noon and 12.15pm respectively.

Lunch (not included in the ticket price): Sandwiches, cakes and hot meals are available in the River Cottage Kitchen & Deli.

After lunch: Free time: An opportunity to visit the Gardens, Park and explore the Woodland Walks.

Return: 3.50pm for prompt 4pm departure from Hatfield.

Expected time back at Banstead: 5.45 / 6pm.

Cost: £39 per person to include coach travel, morning coffee, entry and a guided tour of the House.   Also self-guided entry to the East Garden (only open on Wednesdays) and other Gardens, Park and Woodland Walks.

  Robina Holmes  Tel: 020 8660 5412

Emergency Nr on the day: Cynthia Smith 07751 038 422.


This event is fully booked. There is a waiting list in place in case of cancellations.