A National Trust-owned Stuart house and grounds. Built in 1610 for one of James I's courtiers, Thomas Vavasour, and enlarged at a time when it was at the heart of Restoration court life and intrigue, Ham House is notable for its lavish interiors and spectacular collections of fine furniture, textiles and paintings, which include rococo mirrors and ornate tapestries. The grand interiors have been used as locations for films including the 2012 version of 'Anna Karenina' with Keira Knightley, 'Never Let Me Go' and 'The Young Victoria'. The restored, 17th-century formal gardens of Ham house also attract attention: there's a lovely trellised cherry garden and lavender parterres. The tearoom in the old orangery turns out historic dishes (lavender syllabub, for instance), using ingredients from the kitchen gardens.
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Family Ghost Tours at Ham House
Ham House may not sound like a scary place, unless you're vegetarian, but rest assured, there will be frights aplenty on these tours of this gorgeous stately home, which is apparently haunted. This Halloween week, take spooky tour of the Ham House grounds,...Walks and tours Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015Read more
Ham House Ghost Tours
Explore the atmospheric seventeenth-century mansion in Richmond and listen to tales of the Duchess of Lauderdale, whose tapping stick, wafts of rose perfume and pet spaniel have been sensed along deserted corridors. The evening kicks off with bolstering...Saturday October 24 2015 - Wednesday November 4 2015Read more