DatesThursday, 11 April 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Guildford Institute
Ward St, Guildford
CostMembers - £38.00 Non-members - £40.00
Coach departs Guildford North Street at 9.30am and Hatfield at 4.00pm
Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years. The deer park surrounding the house and the Old Palace had been owned by Henry VIII and was the home of Elizabeth I. It was while she was living in the Old Palace, in 1558, that Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne.
Our visit will begin with a guided tour of the house. You will discover superb Jacobean craftsmanship such as the Grand Staircase with its fine carving and the rare stained glass window in the private chapel. Displayed throughout the house are many historic mementos including the iconic Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.
For lunch, you will have time to visit the River Cottage Kitchen & Deli that has opened in partnership with food writer, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore Hatfield’s extensive grounds, which include a variety of beautifully landscaped gardens.