Filming at Ham House and Garden

View of Ham House from the North terrace

Ham House and Garden has been a location for a number of films, television dramas and photoshoots. Through the magic of set dressing, a variety of props and some clever cinematography Ham has been transformed into a variety of different locations and the same will be happening at the end of this month.

Filming has brought in more than £12m for the Trust since November 2002. Every day, between three and eight shoots are happening across a wide variety of National Trust places.  Any requests are initially handled centrally with the Filming and Locations Office; they receive between 160 - 220 new filming enquiries a month.  These vary from the small scale photoshoots to Hollywood blockbusters!


Ham House and Garden has been a location for a number of films, television dramas and photoshoots.  Through the magic of set dressing, a variety of props and some clever cinematography Ham has been transformed from a 17th century mansion to a Parisian Home, Kensington Palace and the gardens of Osborne House.  The income from each production stays on-site and we put the money gained back into our conservation work, funding our core purpose as a charity. Depending on the agreement with the film company Ham House and Garden may be credited as a location but this isn’t always the case.


Later this month and early in June Ham House and Garden will be hosting a film crew again.  Lyrebird is the true story of Dutch folk hero Han Van Meegeren, who swindled millions of dollars from the Nazis by selling them forgeries of Johannes Vermeer paintings and is considered the most successful art forger of all time.  

During May half term the film crew will be onsite from Wednesday 30 May to Sun 3 June, for the set-up of Lyrebird.  During this time the film company will be set dressing the First Floor of the House.  During this time the Ground Floor and Below Stairs will remain open, alongside the gardens, shop and café.  We still be running all of our May Half Term activities as planned; with our Ham Recipe Challenge, 50 things workshops and art activities.  During this time we aim to limit the impact to the site as much as possible, however some areas of the property may be closed at short notice while the film crew set up.


Ham House and Garden will be closed from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 June inclusive, while the crew are filming.  Ham will re-open on Friday 8 June but the First floor will remain closed in the house until Tuesday 12 June.


Ham House and Garden will be open fully from Tuesday 12 June.  If you have any enquiries about our offer during this time please contact the property directly.