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Notice: Due to essential maintenance work, there will be no level access to the house or below stairs rooms on 24, 25 and 26 September.

A unique 17th-century treasure trove

This rare and atmospheric 17th-century house sits on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond. It is the creation of the tenacious Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband, the Duke, who together transformed Ham into one of the grandest Stuart houses in England.

Ham House is internationally recognised for its superb collection of paintings, furniture and textiles, largely acquired 400 years ago. Some of our unique objects include a rare Chinese teapot, said to have been used by the Duchess herself, and the exotic ivory cabinet. The house is reputed to be one of the most haunted in Britain. Some visitors have reported the ghostly aroma of the sweet Virginia pipe tobacco that the Duke smoked after meals in the dining room.

You can now visit the hands-on below stairs rooms with just a garden ticket. The bathroom, complete with a wooden bathtub and bed, illustrates how baths were taken before washing became an everyday event.

Outside, the open and formal restored 17th-century gardens surround the house. It includes a productive kitchen garden containing many heritage crops, the maze-like ‘Wilderness’, complete with summerhouses, and many beautiful spots perfect for a picnic.

The newly refurbished Orangery café set in the kitchen garden serves light lunches and teas. The café is set in one of the first examples of an Orangery, however it was not an ideal building for plants to grow as the windows are small and very little light could reach the orange and lemon trees.

Historic scenic walk

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn

13, 21, 27 Sept; 5, 11, 19 Oct, 11am
Discover our surrounding landscape this autumn on a guided walk from Richmond Station to Ham.

Find out more...

Haunted Ham

Spooky sightings on our ghost tours

Reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain, discover the ghostly tales scattered through the history of Ham House...

Find out more about our ghost tours...

Family fun

Lose yourselves in the gardens

Ham is a special place for families and there's always something to explore. There are house and garden trails to enjoy, as well as giant outdoor games to hire and free art activities.
For families...

Explore the capital

Sun shines into the back sitting room © David Clarke

Ham House sits on the Thames and we're easily accessible from London. Our rich and diverse capital city is brimming with heritage attractions. Where will you explore next?

Partner attractions

Strawberry Hill House  © credit to: Strawberry Hill Trust/Killian O'Sullivan

With the National Trust Partner scheme, your membership card will get you discounted entry into more places across London.

Try a midweek visit...

Get away from it all with a visit during the week

We know some of you like a more peaceful visit. We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a quieter day out, why not visit during the week if you can?

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