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Old Palace Resized - Hatfield House
Old Palace Resized - Hatfield House

Visit The Old Palace This Spring

Discover the that house that made a monarch...


20 MARCH @ 11:00 AM – 30 MARCH @ 3:00 PM

Henry VIII acquired the Palace from the Bishop of Ely in 1538 and used it as a nursery for his three children. It is with Elizabeth that the Palace is most closely associated. She had a happy childhood here, sharing in her brother Edward’s education. Circumstances changed for Elizabeth when Queen Mary came to the throne in 1553, for Mary feared that her enemies might plot to place her protestant sister on the throne. Effectively Elizabeth was kept under house arrest at Hatfield.

Upcoming Tour Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th March 2020. 

To learn more about the history of the Old Palace you can take one of our tours run by our very knowledgeable house guides. The Old Palace tours take place every hour, on the hour between 11 am-4 pm. Your tickets can be booked at the ticket kiosk upon arrival.

Tour dates are subject to the availability of the Old Palace and can change at short notice. We will update this page as soon as possible or suggest getting in touch prior to a visit.
Tickets are £4.50 and can be booked at our ticket kiosk upon arrival.

To find about more about The Old Palace before your visit, please see here. 

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