Hatfield House Hospitality

Church Lane, England, AL9 5HX, United Kingdom


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Hatfield House Hospitality Weddings

Hatfield House is a 17th-century country house set in a large and beautiful park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. This renowned country wedding venue evokes old-world romance yet is backed by a modern, client-focused team bringing contemporary convenience. 

You needn’t look any further than Hatfield House for a country wedding venue near London. The venue offers indoor and outdoor ceremony options, two charming reception options, and countless gorgeous photography locations. Each Hatfield House package delivers exceptional value with exclusive venue hire, event management, and a versatile food and beverage selection. 

Conveniently close to plenty of accommodation options, Hatfield House Hospitality provides a fairytale-eqsue getaway just an hour’s drive from Central London.

The Scene at Hatfield House Hospitality

Hatfield House is a historical and deeply romantic wedding venue set within Hertfordshire’s Great Park. Amidst sprawling grounds and enchanting maze gardens, the grand country house dates back to 1611 when it was built by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I.

Although conveniently near to London, this unique country wedding venue provides an immersive rural experience. The Old Palace, featuring breathtaking, domed ceilings and intricately woven tapestries, evokes an old-world majesty that will inspire your guests, while the Riding School plays host to more intimate celebrations. Be sure to explore The Knot Garden, a manicured hedge maze perfect for photographs and mingling with your guests post-ceremony. 

Each wedding space comes with a selection of thoughtful add-on options, as well as attentive in-house event management. The dedicated team from Hatfield House will work with you to deliver a personalised, unforgettable wedding experience tailored to your unique style.

Hatfield House is a renowned filming location for blockbuster hits such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Netflix productions such as The Crown, The Great, and Bridgerton.

Hatfield House Wedding Ceremonies

With an array of beautiful on-site ceremony options, your Hatfield House wedding will flow seamlessly from vows to celebrations.

Civil ceremonies at Hatfield House Hertfordshire can take place within the grand and historical structure of the Old Palace. This is an ideal choice for couples looking for an indoor, non-religious ceremony wedding venue with a strong sense of tradition and antiquity.

Hatfield House Wedding Receptions

Hatfield House Hospitality offers two unique venues for a truly memorable occasion.

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 medieval brickwork in the country, and with its original wood beams, your guests will be surrounded by 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 breathtaking 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 wander far for drinks and is the perfect space to add additional entertainment, such as photo booths.

Hatfield House’s 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 family’s 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.

Wedding Photography at Hatfield House

You are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic wedding photography at Hatfield House. With natural and architectural beauty abound, there is no need to leave the grounds at all for your wedding portraiture. 

  • The maze gardens. The house’s lush and elegant grounds are a photographer’s dream, with manicured hedges, plentiful blossoms, and stunning water features. The garden’s close proximity to the Old Palace makes it the perfect location for family and wedding party photographs. 
  • The country house. For wedding photographs with a historical twist, be sure to have pictures taken within the Jacobean architecture of Hatfield House itself. The high ceilings, eclectic decor, and traditional moulding make for eye-catching backdrops in your wedding portraiture.
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standing Up to 300 Standing
dinner Up to 180 Dinner & Dance

Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony Indoor


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces 300
Catering Options  3rd Party Catering
 In-house Catering
Dry Hire
  In-house Catering & Dry Hire
Cuisine Options  Sit Down

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  • Hatfield House Hertfordshire Wedding Venue Riding School Wedding Ceremony

    The Riding School

    A more contemporary ceremony and reception option with exposed beams and floorboards, The Riding School is an excellent choice for couples seeking an intimate wedding experience.

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Nearby accommodation:

  • The Comet Hotel
  • Premier Inn Hatfield
  • Premier Inn Welwyn Garden City
  • Travelodge Hatfield Central

Attractions nearby:

  • Hatfield Park
  • Mill Green Museum
  • Paradise Wildlife Park

Venue Testimonials

I attended Hatfield House in Hertfordshire for a wedding, and it is just so beautiful. The gardens are beautiful, and the food was some of the best I've ever tasted :) Highly recommend!

Hayley C

Incredible place. We went to a banquet in the wedding venue space, and the staff were absolutely brilliant. The venue itself was impressive with floor-to-ceiling tapestries and impressive vaulted ceilings. The rest of the buildings and gardens looked amazing.

John F

Hatfield House is a beautiful place! So much history and such helpful staff wanting to give you the best experience. A possible wedding venue for us!

Nicola O

Frequently Asked Questions

Hatfield House’s bespoke wedding packages start from £180 + VAT per person. Dry Hire is around £16,000.

  • Wedding ceremony only — 250 guests
  • Wedding breakfast (dining only) — 200 guests
  • Wedding breakfast (dining and dancing) — 160 guests
  • Evening reception (standing) — 300 guests

Weddings at Hatfield House should end no later than midnight. This can be extended to 1am for an additional fee. 

Weddings at Hatfield House are luxurious and romantic country escapes, with bespoke packages and mouthwatering menus adding to the overall experience. 

  • The Comet Hotel
  • Premier Inn Hatfield
  • Premier Inn Welwyn Garden City
  • Travelodge Hatfield Central

Yes — Hatfield House has ample on-site parking with space for up to 300 cars. 

The catering team at Hatfield House offers a menu of classic yet elevated English dishes with a contemporary twist. Breakfast, buffet, and canapé options are available. 

Yes, once your wedding booking has been confirmed, Hatfield House provides a complimentary menu tasting.

Weddings at Hatfield House require security. Security can be arranged for a fee starting from £750 + VAT.


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