Adventures around Hatfieldwith PlusBus
With one of England's most incredible stately homes right opposite the railway station, Hatfield makes a great car-free destination. You can wander through gold-ceilinged Jacobean halls and beautiful, flowering gardens. But Hatfield also has some more hidden gems: take the bus to see how flour is made in Mill Green or wander through a natural oasis on the course of a former railway. Here are just a few of the adventures you can have around Hatfield by bus. Ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket or at the station when you arrive and get unlimited bus travel all day across the town.
1. Visit Mill Green Museum
In pretty Mill Green, a couple of miles from the railway station, there’s a working watermill that still produces great wholemeal flour and sells bags of it in the shop. In Mill Green Museum, there are two changing exhibition galleries with displays of art and local history. You can walk round the mill itself and see the waterwheel and all the original wooden mechanisms that have been restored and now work as well as ever. During the COVID pandemic, when flour was in short supply, the mill was working all the time to produce flour for the local community.
- How do I get to Mill Green by bus? Buses 301 or 653 both run regularly from outside Hatfield Railway station. Catch the bus to the stop called Mill Green (Museum), walk a few steps further on and follow the brown signs down Mill Green Lane and right to the museum (five mins walk).
- When you’ve had a look round, don’t miss the cafe, which is open at weekends and serves changing soups and legendary cakes. And there are lovely wholemeal scones made with the mill’s own flour. In summer, you can eat them in the riverside garden under roses and wisteria.
2. Get Wild at the Galleria
Hatfield’s Galleria shopping complex has something for everyone. There are clothes shops and beauty salons, books, toys and places to eat. There is a cinema, some live performances at weekends, and the extensive entertainment for kids includes arcade machines and a Dino Ride.
- In the heart of the mall, Get Wild offers pre-bookable soft play with climbing, ropes, tunnels and curly slides. And it couldn’t be simpler to arrive by bus.
- How do I get to the Galleria by bus? Several buses come direct to the Galleria from the railway station, including bus 301 and bus 653. These are the same buses that pass Mill Green (see 1 above) so it’s very easy to do both activities in one day if you want.
- Look out of the bus window for some of the interesting buildings in Old Hatfield near the station and some of the newer ones later on. Get off, after about ten minutes, at the stop called Galleria. Simply walk down the leafy path nearby and through underpass. You’ve arrived!
- If you still have more energy after visiting the Galleria and Get Wild, go back under the underpass and follow the traffic-free cycleway/footpath for adventures in Hatfield’s delightful green fringes (see 3 below).