Hatfield is a town in the English county of Hertfordshire, located 20 miles north of London. It is perhaps best known as the location of Hatfield House, an historic stately home with strong royal connections that include Queen Elizabeth I. It was formerly the base of De Havilland (subsequently taken over by British Aerospace) and it was at Hatfield that the Comet commercial jet plane was produced. The former runway is now a commercial zone, with roads named after planes produced by De Havilland.
Hatfield House, Park and Gardens, ☎ +44 1707 287010, . Summer months only, opening from Easter. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays except Bank Holidays.. Built by the first Earl of Salisbury who was Chief Minister to King James I from 1607 to 1611. The house has an extensive collection of pictures, furnishings and historic armour. Queen Elizabeth 1st spent much of her childhood here and it was here that she learnt that she had become Queen. The Garden dates from the early 17th century. The West garden includes a scented garden, herb garden and knot garden. edit
Mercure Hotel Hatfield, Roehyde Way, Hatfield AL10 9AF, ☎ +44 1707 275 701, . Modern Hotel close to the A1(M). Special 'Real Deal' from £100 per coupls for one night including three course dinner, bottle of house wine and full English breakfast.From £59 per room. edit