Ham House and Garden

Important notice -

The House at Ham will be closed on the 13 and 20 December. The whole site will be closed on the 24 and 25 December. Due to the cold weather, some of the Ground Floor rooms are closed to ensure the welfare of volunteers and historic collections.

A unique 17th-century treasure trove

Ham House and Garden

What's on

Take part in Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail

We're inviting you to embark on Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Ham House and Garden. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends to give nature a helping hand between 4 December-3 January (excluding 24 and 25 December).

A lady weaves foliage around a circular ring to create a wreath

Christmas Wreath Making at Ham House and Garden 

Create a natural willow wreath, tastefully decorated by yourself with items sourced locally and foraged or grown in our own garden. Led by one of our expert gardeners you will be shown how to weave and add different materials to make a wonderful decoration for your door.

A Candlelit Christmas at Ham House

During December, join us for a magical Candlelit Christmas at Ham House in Richmond. See this 17th century treasure trove transformed with the glow of warm festive light, sparkling decorations and fresh winter greenery.

Upcoming events

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Ham House and Garden

Wed 08 Dec 2021
10:00-16:00
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Ham House and Garden on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand.

Christmas Wreath Making

Wed 08 Dec 2021
10:30-12:30
Create a lovely natural Christmas wreath and enjoy some festive bites and drinks. All materials provided.
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Things to see and do

Visitors enjoying a winter walk in the snow in the garden at Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames

Families at Ham House and Garden

There’s something for families of all shapes and sizes at Ham House and Garden. Here is all the information you need to have an enjoyable visit.

Tours at Ham

View of Ham House from the North terrace

What to expect from your visit to Ham House and Garden 

The opening times at Ham change during the winter months. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know and what to expect from your visit.

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Eating and shopping

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History

The north front of Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey. The house was built in 1610 with some alterations in 1672-4.

17th century life 

Explore the rich history of Ham House, near Richmond - one of our rare examples of 17th century life, treasures and architecture.

The Cherry Garden at Ham House, Surrey, seen from an upper floor window

The historic gardens at Ham House 

Explore the formal gardens at Ham House and enjoy the stunning walled kitchen garden, recreated to provide food and cut flowers all year round.

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Our work

Volunteers plant 30 new apple trees in the Kitchen Garden

New orchard planting with 30 London and Surrey apples 

A new orchard is being planted in Ham House’s Kitchen Garden with a selection of 30 London and Surrey apples.

Ham House and Garden's in bright winter sunshine

Support Ham House and Garden 

You can continue to support Ham House and Garden by dedicating a donation to someone special and adding your precious memories to our interactive map. A perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, your donation will help us continue to care for Ham.

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Learning

Child looking at copper pans in the Kitchen at Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Learning at Ham House 

Relive the past with your class with a visit to Ham House, near Richmond.

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Get involved

Help protect our special places for ever, for everyone, by volunteering today

Volunteering at Ham House

Volunteers are vital in supporting special places such as Ham House and Garden. Do you have skills that you'd like to share? Learn more about the ways that you could volunteer at Ham House.

Narisa’s spring colour in Kingston indicate her RHS Level 2 qualifications!

The other Ham House gardens 

Even though our garden volunteers were at home during lockdown, that doesn't mean they stopped gardening. Check out what this green-thumbed group got up to.

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Art and collections

A Man Consumed by Flames by Isaac Oliver

Blazing love: a portrait by Isaac Oliver at Ham House 

Despite fitting neatly into the palm of one’s hand, Oliver’s portrait of a man shown burning with the fire of love is one of the most arresting objects at Ham. Dressed like a classical hero in an antique blue mantle, and wearing an earring of two linked gold hoops, the sitter gazes intently out as flames lick around him. Painted over 400 years ago, the presence of this long dead man nevertheless feels startling fresh.

A selection of 125 Treasures objects

Celebrating 125 treasures in our collections 

From artistic masterpieces and vast tapestries to precious personal possessions, the range and breadth of the collections in our care is astonishing. Discover more in our recent book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust.

Love among the Ruins by Burne-Jones at Wightwick Manor

More 125 treasures to discover 

From paintings, sculpture and books to fashion and tapestries, unearth more amazing objects featured in the 125 Treasures book in our series of articles exploring the greatest works of art in our collections.

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Ham House and Garden on the National Trust Collections website