Visiting Ham House with children

Visitors in the Cherry Garden at Ham House and Garden, Surrey

A day out at Ham House is fun for all the family. We’ll help you keep your brood entertained and who knows, we may even find the inner child in you too.

For all the family

Ham is a special place for families and there's always something to explore. There are house and garden trails to enjoy, and free family art activities.
Throughout the year, we have lots of family friendly events, from spooky Hallowe'en half term fun to visiting Father Christmas in his grotto.

Children's trail

Over school holidays and special times of the year we offer various seasonal trails and actvities. Check to see what's on!

Explore the house 

Borrow one of our explorer bags so you can investigate the house with the aid of a torch, magnifying glass and binoculars! Or try and spy with your little eye with one of our i-spy guides. 

Family art fun

Visit the below stairs rooms and create an art piece inspired by your visit to Ham. Open weekends and school holidays 


Borrow one of our garden games sets (available during fine weather). The outer courtyard has more space to run around, build dens and have a picnic. You can also play with our minature Ham, dance around Big Ben, or jump from bridge to bridge across london in our play area. 
Next door to the play area is the Family Tasting garden. Filled with plants that children will recognise from their dinner plates, and a few that they might not it's great for children to see how food grows. Availability dependent on what is in season. 

50 Things to do before you're 11¾

From den building to making grass trumpets... pick up your 50 things scrapbook from visitor reception and start ticking off your great outdoors adventures.

Family friendly information

  •     Baby changing facilities available, located by shop
  •     Hot water available for bottle warming
  •     High chairs available in the café
  •     Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats available in house
  •     Corridors in house are narrow so please leave pushchairs at house entrance
  •     Some plants in the garden are fragile so please leave balls and scooters at visitor reception