What to expect from your visit to Ham House and Garden

View of Ham House from the North terrace

The opening times at Ham change seasonally. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know and what to expect from your visit. Please check the opening times on our homepage ahead of your visit.

Do I need to pre-book?

You no longer need to book to visit Ham House and Garden.

 

Arrival

When arriving at Ham House and Garden if you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card at Visitor Reception, if you are not a member here is where you can pay for entry or sign up to become a member.

There are no limits to group sizes, household numbers or the amount of time you can spend at Ham House and Garden during your visit. Due to small rooms and narrow spaces inside the house there may be a short wait to enter, in order to protect the historic interiors.

 

Staying safe

We ask all visitors to follow the latest national and regional government advice when visiting.

To protect our volunteers and staff, please wear a face covering where possible when spending time in any enclosed areas.


What's open?

Please check the opening times on our homepage ahead of your visit as this is where updates and closures will be shared.

  • The garden and visitor toilets are open every day, 10am-5pm
  • The house is open all week between 12pm-4pm, with last entry at 3:30pm
  • The shop is open 10am-4:30pm all week apart from Tuesday

Bringing a dog? 

Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere. We do ask that the four-legged member of the family is kept on a lead at all times.

Wilderness Formality at Ham House Garden
The formality in the Wilderness at Ham House Garden
Wilderness Formality at Ham House Garden


Exploring the Garden

All areas of the garden are open to enjoy. Despite recent challenges, the garden team have worked hard to ensure that the Cherry Garden, Kitchen Garden, the wilderness, the long borders and the hedges and topiary offer beauty and horticultural excellence.

If you prefer to explore the property on your own have a look in The Garden Room for more garden information and try out our Garden History Audio Tour, developed in 2020 by our volunteer garden guides.

Exploring the House

  • We advise that you wear a wear a face covering where possible to protect people within our spaces
  • Due to small rooms and narrow spaces inside the house there may be a short wait to enter, in order to protect the historic interiors
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the House
  • Stiletto Heels cannot be worn in the House
  • Buggies cannot be brought into the House
  • We are not able to offer cloakroom facilities, and we may ask you to carry large rucksacks on your front
  • There is one chair for visitor use halfway around the visitor route, in the Marble Dining Room
  • There is level access to the house – please ask for a level access route guide from Visitor Reception. The level access route does not include the basement floor.  
The Great Staircase at Ham House
The Great Stairs at Ham House
The Great Staircase at Ham House

The House route showcases some of Ham’s finest rooms and collection, including fabulous cabinets and tapestries, paintings by Constable and Reynolds, ornate lacquered furniture, ceilings painted by Antonio Verrio, and beautiful gilded interiors. You will see the Great Hall, Great Stairs, Private Closet, White Closet, Volury, Withdrawing Room, Marble Dining Room, Duke’s Dressing Room, Duchess’ Bedchamber, and Buttery on the first floor of the house, and the Scullery and Kitchen on the basement floor. 

Pyrrhus tapestry in the Duchess' Bedchamber at Ham House
Pyrrhus tapestry in the Duchess' Bedchamber at Ham House
Pyrrhus tapestry in the Duchess' Bedchamber at Ham House

 


Property access

Blue badge parking is available. One personal mobility vehicle is available for visitors to borrow and must be booked in advance. We also lend manual wheelchairs, which must also be pre-booked. Please email hamhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk in advance of your visit to reserve a parking space, wheelchair, or mobility vehicle. 

Seating is available at the Orangery Café and at the South end of the Kitchen Garden, and throughout the Garden.

You can download our full access statement below, but please bear in mind that due to social distancing some areas of the site may be closed or operating differently.