Join us for a Garden History Tour

Visitors on a garden tour at Ham House and Garden, London

Ham House’s original 17th century garden was the creation of Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart. Educated, fashionable and years ahead of her time: in 1672 she married the Duke of Lauderdale, Secretary of State to Charles II. Keen to show their wealth and status Elizabeth re-designed the garden, to make it ‘fit for a King’.

For the inside track on this rare garden gem we highly recommend joining the free 30-40 minute introductory Garden History Tour. Led by our knowledgeable volunteer guides, it’s a chance to take in the vast and varied plantings in the grounds, many of which include species we know the Lauderdale’s cultivated. Then hear how the garden team has been inspired by Ham’s heritage to create fresh new plantings for today.

When to visit? Garden tours run weekdays (11:30am and 1:30pm) and on weekends (11:30am, 1:30pm and 2.30pm), volunteer guides permitting. There’s no need to book for any of the times but do call on the day if you are making a special trip to confirm tours are taking place.

Booking: There’s no need to book and tours are free. Normal admission applies for the garden, with NT members going free. 

The South Terrace at Ham House
The South Terrace at Ham House
The South Terrace at Ham House