Hatfield House reopens for 2017 visitor season this weekend

PUBLISHED: 20:18 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 20:16 15 April 2017

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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens will open again for visitors this Easter weekend.

Hatfield House from the airHatfield House from the air

Very much the jewel in the borough’s tourism crown, Hatfield House reopens to the public from Saturday, April 15 to Saturday, September 30, 2017.

If you watched Tom Hardy’s recent BBC One drama Taboo or the first series of Netflix’s award-winning drama The Crown, you will have seen Hatfield House in all its glory.

Hatfield House has been used for a number of productions recently, and upon visiting the Jacobean mansion you may find some of the rooms very familiar.

The inside of Hatfield House and parts of the Hertfordshire stately home’s estate were used for filming Hardy’s dark drama series Taboo.

Marble Hall at Hatfield HouseMarble Hall at Hatfield House

Scenes were shot in the magnificent Marble Hall, the Long Gallery, the King James Drawing Room, the Armoury and the Library, while The Broadwater and the South Front are also featured.

Sarah Cardall-Spawforth, senior operations manager at Hatfield House, said: “We had great pleasure in welcoming the talented cast and crew of Taboo to Hatfield House last spring for filming.

“Actors including Tom Hardy, Jonathan Pryce and Jason Watkins joined us on the estate to create this fantastic BBC One prime time drama.”

You can follow in the footsteps of Hollywood stars Tom Hardy and Jonathan Pryce from Saturday, April 15 when Hatfield House, Park & Gardens opens for the 2017 visitor season.

Knot Garden at The Old Palace at Hatfield HouseKnot Garden at The Old Palace at Hatfield House

A visit to the House, Park & Gardens over the Easter weekend is the perfect way to enjoy spring in bloom.

The season will kick off in spectacular style on Easter Monday, April 17, when the French market will make a welcome return.

The French traders drive to Hatfield from northern France in time for opening at 10am, and will be selling products such as baguettes, croissants, tarts, a wide range of soft and hard cheeses, charcuterie, crêpes, Provençal soaps, baskets and much more. Perfect for some Easter indulgence.

Visitors to Hatfield House can also enjoy the first rays of spring sunshine in the stunning West Garden.

Coach House Restaurant at Hatfield HouseCoach House Restaurant at Hatfield House

Dating from the early 17th century, when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder, stroll around the Sundial Garden, West Parterre and Old Palace Garden adjoining the Tudor Palace from Tuesday to Sunday.

Lord and Lady Salisbury’s private East Garden is also open to visitors each Wednesday from 11am to 5pm.

This part of the garden has elegant parterres, topiary and rare plants and is a delight for the gardening enthusiast and for those wishing to spend a quiet time in idyllic surroundings.

After exploring the gardens, why not visit the Coach House Restaurant for some refreshments?

Stable Yard at Hatfield HouseStable Yard at Hatfield House

Delicious cakes, pastries, scones and much more are available from the Coach House bakery.

On warmer days, homemade treats can be enjoyed from the outside upper terrace of the restaurant, which looks out towards the front of the House.

For a different retail experience in a unique location, then the Stable Yard Shops at Hatfield House could be the destination for you.

With a range of exclusive retailers, the shops have been lovingly created from an area of Hatfield House that used to play home to the royal horses.

Renaissance at Hatfield HouseRenaissance at Hatfield House

• For more information, visit the Hatfield House website at www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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