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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.

Jaques weekend

Come and play with Jaques traditional games in our garden

Weekend of 26-27 July

Join us for fun and games with Jaques of London. There will be giant games, croquet lessons, Punch and Judy, Jaques tombola, face painting, and much more…

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Family fun

Discover exciting gardens

This summer holiday

From den building, family art activities to summer trails in the garden, there's something for the whole family at Ham during the school holidays.

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Opening times

Spooky sightings on our ghost tours

This year, the garden, café, shop and below stairs rooms are open 7 days a week from 10am. The house is open from Saturday to Thursday and is closed on Fridays.
See opening times for details

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.

Visit below stairs

Our hands-on below stairs rooms

Complete your visit to Ham with a hands-on experience in our basement and see what it would have been like to live and work below stairs. You can visit these rooms with just a garden ticket.

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