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Explore the landscape around Ham House and Garden

Signpost near the Thames riverside pointing to Ham House and Garden, London
Find your way to Ham House and Garden | © National Trust Images/Chris Davies

Take a walk around the River Thames landscape surrounding Ham House and Garden and explore meadows, woodland and wetlands; a green haven in Greater London.

A rural paradise

By the 18th century, this area was known locally as an ‘Arcadia’ – a rural paradise in growing London.

Explore an estate of more than 100 acres which is perfect for walks and an opportunity to get outdoors in the fresh air. Ham House and Garden is connected to this unique London landscape by formal avenues of more than 250 trees stretching between the mansion and its gatehouses in Petersham and Ham.

Discover a patchwork of historic riverside habitat which includes the water meadow, woodland and parkland. Look out for a wide variety of wildlife that call this place home.

Petersham Meadows

A colourful rent

Petersham Meadows is a key feature of the view from Richmond Hill – the only view protected by an act of parliament in the country. We've been the caretaker of Petersham Meadows since 2010, paying the very handsome rent of a posy of wildflowers to the Mayor of Richmond each year on St Peter's Day, 29 June.

If you're visiting Ham House and Garden already, then Petersham Meadows is only a 10-15 minute walk along the banks of the Thames.

Explore this unique historic riverside meadow and see all the wildlife that it attracts from butterflies to birds. Don't forget to bring your binoculars.

A group of people walk between hedges in the garden, with the house behind, at Ham House and Garden, London

Discover more at Ham House and Garden

Find out when Ham House and Garden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Visiting Ham House and Garden with your dog 

Ham House and Garden is a two pawprint rated place. Dogs are welcome all year round in the garden at Ham House. You can also explore Richmond’s riverside trails, parks and woodland nearby.

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Eating and shopping at Ham House and Garden 

Set in historic buildings, the Orangery Café and shop offer inviting spaces to relax and treat yourself on your visit to Ham House and Garden.

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Explore the formal gardens at Ham House, a celebration of the past with a modern sensibility. Enjoy a historic Kitchen Garden, recreated to provide food and cut flowers all year round.

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