Through the keyhole: private lives unlocked at Ham

Elizabeth Murrary, Duchess of Lauderdale, and her husband the Duke of Lauderdale

Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, we welcome you to Ham House. It's the 1670s and you have been cordially invited to view the private apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale. See special objects and letters from our store rooms and experience Ham as never before.

It's the 1670s; King Charles II has been restored to his throne, London is rebuilding after the Great Fire and Ham House is owned by the wealthy and influential Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale.

Whilst the First Floor to the mansion is rested for conservation works, come and explore the exquisite private apartments on the Ground Floor.

Special information books will be on offer in each room to tell the rise and fall story of the Duke and Duchess.

The Duchess kept up with the modern fashions of the day such as tea drinking in her private closet
The Duchess kept up with the modern fashions of the day such as tea drinking in her private closet

Never-before-seen objects from our store rooms will be on display in this rare opportunity to come face to face with the personal possessions of Ham's famous owners. 

Read letters, and hear first person accounts from visitors about this lavish duo. 

Specialist tours inside the house will run at 12noon and 12:30pm Monday to Friday. Free flow access to the house from 1-4pm, last entry to the house is 3.30pm. Saturday and Sunday is free flow access 12noon-4pm. 

Garden history tours and architecture tours are available daily, subject to volunteer availability. Check times with Visitor Reception on your arrival, or call the property on the day of your visit to see what's on; 02084398230.