Family-friendly things to do at Ham House and Garden
Let children stretch their legs in the great outdoors this autumn and enjoy stress-free days in the garden at Ham House, where there’s lots of family fun to be had. Venture out into the Wilderness, explore the Cherry Garden and take a moment to relax amongst the various sights, sounds and shades that this leafy London property has to offer.
Planning your family visit
- Ask at visitor reception for a level access guide to the garden so you can find your way step free. A ramp is also available in the café
- The paths in the garden are mostly gravel and historic cobbles which can be difficult to scoot on. Our friendly team at visitor reception are happy to keep an eye on your scooters and balance bikes while you have fun. Bike racks are also available
- Baby changing facilities are available in the women’s and disabled (unisex) loos opposite the shop.
We've got stacks of activities for your family to enjoy this autumn at Ham House and Garden.
Autumn Bingo - throughout November 2023
Our seasonal bingo is a fantastic way to explore the Gardens and discover nature’s gems.
And looking further ahead... Meet Father Christmas at Ham House!
Add some extra festive magic to your day out and step inside our enchanting grotto to meet Father Christmas this December.
Family-friendly things to do in Ham House
Check out our What’s On page to see a snapshot of family-friendly activities happening this season.
Planning your visit to the house
Prams can be used in the grounds, shop and café, but cannot be taken inside the house for conservation reasons. They can be stowed under the covered arch at the front of the house.
Hip carriers are available at the front door for you to use.
Family-friendly things to do in the garden
For the little ones
Activities suitable for toddlers and young children can be found in the Outer Courtyard, where you can engage in some imaginative play with the outdoor mud kitchen.
If you fancy something more active, head to the Wilderness. Over a mile of hornbeam hedge arranged in an intricate geometric pattern, it is the perfect place for little legs to run around or play a game of hide and seek.
'50 things to do before you’re 11¾'
From making friends with minibeasts to watching birds, your next adventure awaits. Experience ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ with the whole family at Ham House and Garden. Pick up an activity list at visitor reception and choose your adventure. There’s loads to do, so visit regularly to tick off everything on the list.
Grab a bite to eat
From the café
Head over to the café where we have children’s meals available alongside a seasonal food menu and fresh cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks.
Explore the well-preserved interiors of one of the grandest Stuart houses in England, created to impress in the 17th-century by the Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband the Duke.
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.
Wander around the riverside landscape surrounding Ham House and explore parkland, meadows and wetland.
Set in historic buildings, the Orangery Café and shop offer warm and inviting spaces to relax and treat yourself on your visit to Ham House and Garden.
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