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Family-friendly things to do at Ham House and Garden

Family framed by a square opening in a hedge at Ham House and Garden, London
A natural frame at Ham House and Garden, London | © National Trust Images/John Millar

From exploring our beautiful gardens to enjoying delicious treats, there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained this season at Ham House and Garden.

Family-friendly events and activities

A round-up of fun activities to enjoy with little ones at Ham House and Garden this summer.

May half-term: Games in the gardens

Join us for outdoor fun 25 May-2 June for half-term games around the spectacular gardens at Ham House.

Running 10-5 daily (last entry 4.30). Included in admission.

Summer of Play

Mark your diaries! Summer of Play is returning to Ham House and Garden during the school summer holidays, 25 July – 1 September 2024.

Running 10-5 daily (last entry 4.30). Included in admission.

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.

Tips for visiting the house

Here are some useful tips to help plan your visit. 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

Space for the little ones

From the impressive Cherry Garden to the expansive Plats, our gardens are the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh air this season. So bring a picnic and get ready to play! There’s plenty of space 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 to get your kids closer to nature. There’s loads to do, so visit regularly to tick off everything on the list!

Some of our favourites:

For more inspiration, see the full list of 50 activities.

Grab a bite to eat

Head over to the Orangery Café where we have children’s meals available alongside a seasonal food menu and fresh cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks.

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

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