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Grnd Stair Resized - Hatfield House
Grnd Stair Resized - Hatfield House

The Grand Staircase

This elaborately-carved staircase, dating from 1611, is one of the finest examples of its kind in existence.

Surmounting the posts are snarling lions holding shields of arms, and putti (cherubs); some playing music.

The ceiling was decorated for Queen Victoria’s visit to Hatfield in 1846 and has recently been restored so that visitors will be now able to see it in all its glory. The rich golds and russets are complemented by a deep red silk paper which lines the walls and provides a sumptuous backdrop to the tapestries.

The gates at the bottom of the stairs were put there to stop the dogs of the household reaching the state rooms and bedrooms.

At the top, a carving on a newel post shows the figure of a gardener holding a rake. This is said to be John Tradescant, who was sent abroad by Robert Cecil to collect rare and exotic plants for his new garden at Hatfield. Some of them were hardly suited to the English climate: they included pomegranates, oleander, myrtle and thousands of vines.

  • Hatfield House:
  • CLOSED (open from 6th April)
  • West Garden:
  • CLOSED (open from 6th April)
  • East Garden:
  • CLOSED (open from 10th April)
  • Restaurant:
  • OPEN
  • Stable Yard:
  • OPEN
  • Hatfield Park Farm:
  • CLOSED (open from 26th March)
Carl Russell & Co Shop Expansion in the Stable Yard - Hatfield House

Carl Russell & Co Shop Expansion in the Stable Yard

We are delighted to announce that Carl Russell & Co. is currently undergoing a large refurbishment project...