Ham House

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© NTPL/Stuart Cox The garden at Ham House

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.


Venue name: Ham House
Address: Ham St
TW10 7RS
Transport: Tube: Richmond
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Like Eltham Palace, Ham House is a bit of a bitch to get to especially if you live in the north-east of London as I do, but I can promise intrepid Londoners that making that trip is worth it.

Built in 1610, Ham House is a treasure trove of the finest collection of paintings, textiles, and furniture, which includes ornate tapestries, and provides us with a glimpse into the decadent ways of the Stuarts. It filled with formal avenues and intimate closets. It’s the perfect example of Stuart opulence with royal connections too. If you love history, you’ll love Ham House. You won’t be able to stop yourself from admiring the interiors and architecture of this beautiful estate.

Now owned by the National Trust, ticket entrance costs £10.80 for adults (without gift aid) and included in the price is entrance to the Orangery, the expansive gardens and more. If you happen to be a National Trust member, then Ham House is a must-visit. 

This is an attraction which is probably best reached by car but if you’re travelling via public transport, then it’s easy enough to hop on a bus from Richmond station.


If not very big, this National Trust property is rather enjoyable for a quick visit. The house itself, which used to be an official residence of the Monarchy, is very interesting. Most of the interior and furniture are genuine, with incredible tapestry still covering the walls. Beware though that if you visit late season, part of the house might be closed. Worth giving them a ring before visiting.

The gardens are also worth a detour, especially in Spring when some wonderful wild flowers start blossoming.

There’s also a vegetable garden (join the “garden tour” if you can and they will tell you all about how they used to grow vegetables and fruits back in the 17th century – enlightening indeed) and, of course, the usual coffee shop where you can enjoy sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks.

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