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

Visit the Old Palace This Autumn

Take a tour of the Old Palace on various dates throughout Autumn 2019...

For the very first time, we are delighted to be opening the Old Palace throughout various dates this Autumn. Watch this space for dates and details!

The Old Palace was built in about 1485 by the Bishop of Ely, John Morton. It is one of the foremost examples of mediaeval brickwork in the country and originally formed a quadrangle around a central courtyard.

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 tours…

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 is open for tours on certain dates throughout the season and will also be open for visitors throughout the Autumn months. On these dates, tours take place every hour, on the hour between 11am-4pm. Your tickets can be booked at the ticket kiosk upon arrival.

Tour dates: 19th September, 1st, 2nd & 3rd October

More dates coming soon!

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.


  • Hatfield House:
  • OPEN 11am-3:30pm (last entry 2:30pm)
  • West Garden:
  • OPEN 10:30am-5pm
  • East Garden:
  • Restaurant:
  • OPEN 10am-5pm
  • Stable Yard:
  • OPEN 10am-5pm
  • Hatfield Park Farm:
  • OPEN 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
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