Hatfield is a town of two halves. It stems from the fact that Hatfield is one of Britain’s post-war new towns. The modern side of Hatfield is where you’ll find The Galleria, Hatfield’s excellent shopping centre, as well as some of our top restaurant recommendations and a couple of our favourite pubs. On the old side of Hatfield, you can take a trip back in time with a visit to Hatfield House, which is a feat of Jacobean architecture and stands as one of the most iconic stately homes in the country. Stay with us at our hotel in Hatfield, and you can sample both sides to this exciting commuter town.
Things to do in Hatfield
The Galleria is the main shopping centre in Hatfield. It’s capable of answering pretty much all of your retail requests thanks to its wide selection of shops, which range from designer fashion brands such as Calvin Klein through to budget-friendly favourites like TK Maxx. It’s home to Hatfield’s ODEON cinema, as well as a wide range of fast-food options including Burger King and Nando’s. If you’re interested in picking up some local produce, the Hatfield Farmers’ Market comes to White Lion Square in the town centre on the first Saturday of every month. The Stable Yard at Hatfield House is also a popular retail hub with several upmarket boutiques selling their beautiful wares out of this most historic and rustic of settings. Time your visit well, and you can enjoy the mini beer festivals in the courtyard, as well.
Hatfield is conveniently located just 20 miles away from London and less than a 30-minute drive from Luton Airport. If you are flying from further afield, there are a handful of hotels near Luton Airport you can choose from. You can also hire a vehicle from arrivals, catch a bus from outside the terminal building or hop on a train at Luton Airport Parkway. If you’re coming to Hatfield via coach, you’ll arrive at Parkhouse Bus Station near The Galleria. If you’re travelling by train, Hatfield Station is on the Great North Road. It’s a railway station on the East Coast Main Line, which connects London and Edinburgh. It means you can travel directly to and from much of the country, and there are up to three regular fast services to London King’s Cross per hour.