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

Visit the Old Palace this August

The Old Palace is open for tours on various dates throughout August...

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.


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. On days when the Old Palace is open for visitors, tours take place every hour, on the hour between 11am-4pm. Your tickets can be booked at the ticket kiosk upon arrival.

Tour dates in August: 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th and 30th

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-5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • 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)
A look back at last weekends Theatre in the Park… - Hatfield House

A look back at last weekends Theatre in the Park…

Last weekend our visitors enjoyed the evening watching a production of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays. Performed...