The magnificent Tudor Old Palace, built in 1485, was the childhood home of Elizabeth I and where she held her first Council of State. It is one of the foremost examples of mediaeval brickwork in the country, and with its original wood beams, your guests will be surrounded in history. The Tapestry, elegantly hanging in the Old Palace, is a replica of the original 'Devonshire Hunting Series', which you can now find in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The stunning and open Knot Garden, attached to the Old Palace, is based on Elizabethan patterns, and provides the most picturesque wedding photos. The Raised Lawn is perfect for outdoor blessings, drinks receptions, and lawn games, with breath-taking views of Hatfield House, home to Lord and Lady Salisbury who reside there today.
The Old Palace can accommodate large weddings from 80 – 250 guests on long or round banqueting tables, and space for a DJ and dancefloor. Our large bar is attached to the room, meaning guests do not have to wonder far for drinks, and is the perfect space to add additional entertainment such as photobooths.
Our other venue, The Riding School, blends historic features with modern architecture to offer a contemporary alternative. Located in the Stable Yard, its origin was to accommodate the horses and families motor cars. In 2010 the Riding School was transformed into what it is today. Its glass roof allows the room to be flooded with natural daylight, and the mezzanine level adds versatile characteristics to this venue. This is a fitting venue for smaller weddings of 40 – 110 guests. The Riding School can also be hired out in conjunction with the Old Palace.
Both venues are licensed for civil ceremonies, have ample free parking and direct train links with Hatfield Station adjacent to Hatfield Park.
Hatfield House is a renowned filming location for blockbuster hits such as Lara Croft, Batman Begins, and Harry Potter and Netflix productions such as The Crown and Bridgerton.