Hatfield House, the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury, is an exquisite Jacobean jewel set in beautiful formal gardens and Great Park. The Gardens date from 1611 when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to plant them. Within the gardens stands the surviving wing of The Royal Palace of Hatfield where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and held her first Council of State in November 1558. It was here in the Park that the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne. Visitors can enjoy the 1000 acres of park with bluebell walks in the woodland and park trails. The Jacobean Hatfield House has a fine collection of pictures, tapestries, furnishings and historic armour. Approximately 45 minute drive from Down Hall.