Hatfield is steeped in history. Below are listed just a selection of interesting places, landmarks and retail areas that are popular visiting sites for you to enjoy when visiting Hatfield.
Hatfield House, Park and Gardens
A stunning Jacobean house within its own Great Park where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. There are magnificent gardens, park walks, a children’s play area, shops and a restaurant. Residents of the Parish of Bishop’s Hatfield can apply for a pass that will allow them access to the Park throughout the year. A small charge applies. Passes are available from Station Lodge (9am-4pm, Tues). Evidence of residency will be needed. www.hatfield-house.co.uk or call 01707 287010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Hatfield Park Farm
Hatfield Park Farm covers an area of approximately 25 acres on the West side of Hatfield House. The farm shows the animals in a natural countryside setting. While walking amongst the paddocks, visitors can see donkeys, pigs, sheep, cows, goats, ponies as well as many types of ducks, chickens and geese. Children can play in the sand pits, bounce around on the tractor tyres and climb up and over the wooden tractor or take a trek along the goat pass, a play challenge in the heart of the farm. http://www.hatfieldparkfarm.co.uk/
The de Havilland Airfield Beacon, which in the past guided pilots safely to the runway atHatfield, has now been fully restored and illuminated. It stands outside the de Havilland Campus of the University of Hertfordshire, Mosquito Way.
Statue of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland
A statue of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland was erected in July 1997 near the entrance to the College Lane campus of the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. He was in effect a benefactor of the university, as in 1951 the de Havilland company gave land adjoining the A1(M) to Hertfordshire County Council for educational use in perpetuity; the Hatfield Technical College then founded was a precursor of today’s university. The statue was unveiled by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.
A series of linking permissive footpaths, suitable for walkers and cyclists. Learn more about the history, restoration and management of this part of the former Hatfield Aerodrome through information boards that can be found throughout Ellenbrook Fields. Click here for more information and to download a PDF plan of the routes
In addition to following the Ellenbrook Trail, the University of Hertfordshire has developed a Heritage Trail marking the history the Aerodrome. Further information on the trail is available here
Mill Green Museum & Water Mill
An eighteenth century working watermill and museum set in an attractive riverside setting. The cluster of historic buildings here and the surrounding grounds are a beautiful oasis in our busy world. Explore three higgledy piggledy exhibition rooms packed with colourful displays of local art and exhibitions about our fascinating history. The Museum and the Mill are open to the public throughout the year. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 2-5pm. T: 01707 271362 Events Activities & Exhibitions at the Museum & Water Mill
St Etheldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield
Just outside the walls of Hatfield House, at the top of the steep road up Fore Street (once part of the Great North Road from London) stands the historic parish church, with its fifteenth century tower, built when the Old Palace was the residence of the Bishops of Ely, and dedicated to their patron saint, St Etheldreda. The church has been extended, rebuilt, repaired and altered throughout its history, to suit the needs of the Christian community of the parish. http://www.stetheldreda.org/history.htm
Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire
The most visually inspiring exhibition space in the region, and home to some of the most innovative art and design exhibitions in the UK. Combine your visit to the Gallery with a coffee or snack from the Gallery Cafe, or drop in to The Art Shop and browse a wide-range of creative materials. www.uharts.co.uk
The Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire
A performing arts venue based at the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland Campus. With its excellent technical facilities and 450 seating capacity, the visually stunning auditorium stages high quality performing arts events throughout the year, including performances by the de Havilland Philharmonic orchestra, theatrical shows, and film and TV screenings. www.uharts.co.uk
University of Hertfordshire Art Collection
The University of Hertfordshire Art Collection is a rich and eclectic collection of over 500 works that bear witness to the University’s history and development over the past 60 years. The collection was established in 1952 with 5 founding works by artists Reg Butler, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Trevor Tennant. Parts of the Collection are accessible to the public, find out more here: http://www.uharts.co.uk/about-us/art-collection
The Galleria Shopping Centre
With over 85 outlet stores, cafes and restaurants, a nine-screen cinema, a large car park and a wide range of designer brands at up to 50% off high street prices, The Galleria provides a great all-round shopping and leisure experience. https://thegalleria.co.uk
Hatfield Town Centre
Within Hatfield Town Centre you will find over 100 stores, businesses and service providers. Stores include popular high street brands, such as Peacocks, New Look, Boots, Asda, Savers, Iceland, and ShoeZone, alongside a wide-range of home, health and beauty, restaurants and cafes.