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Durkan Guide to Living in Hatfield

Ever dreamt of moving to Hertfordshire? Don’t pass on the vibrant town of Hatfield, a place that combines its exciting history with the charm of modern living. Offering a quieter life than those in the centre of larger cities, such as nearby London, living in Hatfield has plenty to offer people from all walks of life – from students at the popular Hertfordshire University to growing families, young professionals and retirees. This picturesque town has plenty to experience and even more on the horizon, so let’s dive into why Hatfield could be the perfect place to call home.

Where is Hatfield?


Nestled in the heart of Hertfordshire county, Hatfield sits East of St Albans, south of Welwyn Garden City, and north of Greater London. Its vibrant community is a rich tapestry of intriguing landmarks, gorgeous green spaces, and exciting educational opportunities. And with a mix of must-see historic sites and modern amenities, you can enjoy the perfect balance between past and present.

How close is Hatfield to London?


Approximately 20 miles from London, Hatfield is a fantastic hub for a more rural lifestyle, whilst still retaining reliable and regular connections to major cities. Well-connected by rail and road, it’s easy to reach other towns and cities in no time. In fact, Kings Cross Station is just a 30 minute train journey, making it a great choice for commuters.

Things to do in Hatfield


Whether you’re dropping in for the day or considering making the big move, Hatfield boasts a storied history and richly modern infrastructure. From leisure facilities and fitness activities, to hitting the shops, or taking a peek into its treasured aristocratic past, here are six things to do in Hatfield.

Hatfield East

#1 Hatfield House


Less than a mile away from our Hatfield East development, Hatfield House holds well over 400 years of history – including the remains of the Old Royal Palace of Hatfield, a place frequented by the young Elizabeth I. Home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House is guaranteed day of discovery, whether you’re exploring its many rooms or exploring its impressive gardens and park. Just be sure to check opening times and when you can visit.

Plus, keep an eye out for its calendar of events throughout the year, including art and craft shows, seasonal wine fairs, open-air celebrations of music like Classic Ibiza, Battle Proms, or Folks By The Oak festivals, and much more.

The Galleria - Living in Hatfield

#2 The Galleria Shopping Centre


When living in Hatfield, for the classic retail shopping experience The Galleria Shopping Centre has everything a fashionista needs. With over 60 top high street brands, including outlets, from fashion and home to sports and outdoors, it’s simple to get your shopping fix. Combine that with a quick bite to eat at its many restaurants and cafés, or stop in to see the latest blockbusters at the Odeon cinema. Plus, if you’re looking for a way to let your little adventurers blow off some steam, book online ahead of your visit for Get Wild!, Hatfield’s best indoor playground.

#3 The Markets


For those who love to browse a variety of stalls, the General Market is held twice a week – on Wednesdays and Sundays – and offers a range of jewellery, fish, fruit, clothing, vegetables and more. Then, on the first Saturday each month (except January) is the Hatfield Farmers and Craft Market, a place where you’ll find a bounty of local goods from growers and producers.

#4 Mill Green Museum & Working Mill


Another one for the history buffs, a visit to Mill Green Museum & Working Mill is an absolute must. This 18th Century restored working watermill showcases the intricacies and true craft of the machinery as it uses the power of the River Lea to grind grain into flour – part of a 1,000 year history of milling on the same site. There are also a number of events held throughout the year, so do take a look to see if anything extra special is going on when you visit.

#5 The Stable Yard


Home to a range of independent businesses, including gifts, arts and jewellery shops, The Stable Yard also hosts a number of events throughout the year, from buskers to live music and beer festivals. This unique browsing experience is a must – and you won’t find any of these on the high street.

The Eight Bells pub

#6 The Eight Bells Pub


Besides a great place to eat and drink, The Eight Bells has a fascinating history. While there has always been a pub on the site as early as the 1200s, the pub we know and love today has seen its fair share of characterful faces – the most well-known of which are the famous writer, Charles Dickens, as well as a number of stories surrounding the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

#7 Dining & Drinks


Between high street favourites and family-run businesses, you’re not short of excellent eateries in Hatfield. Looking for a welcoming pub atmosphere? Try Sibthorpe Arms or The Red Lion. Ready to discover new flavours? Pop into Turkish Kitchen or Turan Bar. Plus, with plenty of cafés and bars to catch up with pals or just for taking yourself on a solo date, the fun part is finding your favourites.

What’s living in Hatfield like?


Attracting visitors from all over the country, Hatfield has bags of potential with friendly, welcoming people and plenty of interesting sights to see. Of course, any town living wouldn’t be complete without knowing your local amenities. From the markets and superstores to your local doctor’s surgery, here’s what to expect for Hatfield.



For the weekly shop you’ll find the usual supermarkets, like Tesco, ASDA, ALDI and Waitrose in easy reach, with excellent transportation links throughout the town. If it’s retail therapy you’re after, you have a choice between an array of high street shops or The Galleria Shopping Centre.



You’ve likely heard of its university, but for younger families looking for primary and secondary schools for your kids, Hatfield has a good mix of well-rated places. For your littlest learners, choose somewhere like Apple Daycare Ltd or Birchwood Nursery School. Or take a look at schools like The Ryde, Countess Anne, Brookmans Park, and Onslow St Audrey’s (next door to our Hatfield East development) for the next steps in your children’s educational journey. Whatever ticks your boxes, there are plenty of schools to look at.



When living in Hatfield, your health is well and truly looked after, whether you’re looking for private care or NHS services. Between hospitals, dental surgeries, care homes, health centres, and mental health services, you’ll be well looked after.

Hatfield East

A modern collection of one and two-bed apartments, and two, three and four-bedroom homes, Hatfield East is a gorgeous development located just a stone’s throw from Hatfield Train Station, Hatfield House, and the bustling town centre.

Our excellent transport links make Hatfield the ideal location for those looking for easy access into London and commuters. Plus, with local amenities less than a mile’s walk, you’ll never be short of milk, bread and the essentials you and your family need.

Hatfield East apartment

Hatfield East apartments


With modern kitchens, large double bedrooms, built-in wardrobes, contemporary bathrooms, integrated appliances, private terraces/balconies, allocated parking spaces, and so much more, our stylish one and two-bedroom apartments are fantastic for a range of homeowners.

Take a closer look at our apartments here.

The Croxley


The Croxley is a two-bedroom terraced house with two double bedrooms, a contemporary bathroom, downstairs WC, modern kitchen with integrated appliances and a private garden with a shed and patio area. With style and location in one gorgeous package, these reasons and more make this a fantastic starter home.

Get a feel for The Croxley here.

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The Dragonfly


If you’re looking for something with a little more space, The Dragonfly may be just the place you’re looking for. Featuring three double bedrooms with a contemporary bathroom and downstairs WC (meaning fewer shouting matches), plenty of storage spaces throughout the house, a private garden, two allocated parking spaces, and much more, this is the perfect family home.

Take a peek at The Dragonfly here.

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