Sprawling around the Jacobean residence and gardens of Hatfield House, Hatfield is a charming English country town. It’s home to a 1,000-year-old working watermill and designer shopping outlet mall, as well as a picturesque golf course set within the Hertfordshire countryside.
Things to do in Hatfield
Spend an afternoon exploring the beautifully furnished rooms and stunning gardens of Hatfield House, built in 1611 by Robert Cecil. Admire the topiary and herbaceous borders of the East Garden, explore the scented beds and fountains of the West Garden, then visit the famous knot garden where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood.
Learn about the local industrial heritage at the Mill Green Museum, located within a historic watermill. Witness its carefully restored 18th and 19th-century wooden machinery and purchase organic flour produced on site, then peruse the museum exhibits that now occupy the old miller’s house.
Enjoy a round of golf on the undulating fairways of the Mill Green Golf Club, which is surrounded by rolling meadows and ancient woodland on the outskirts of Hatfield. In addition to its 18 holes, it features a driving range, putting green and an elegant clubhouse for an after-game drink.
Need some retail therapy? Head to the designer outlet centre of The Galleria to pick up discounted brands, such as French Connection, The Body Shop and Marks & Spencer. Watch the latest blockbusters in the on-site cinema or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Getting around Hatfield
Hatfield lies 25 minutes by train from London and 40 minutes’ drive from Heathrow Airport. Buses travel throughout Hatfield, but most sights are within a short walk of the railway station.