Ham House and Garden
(Photo: Sarah Jackson)
+ Sunday 11:00–17:00
One of a series of grand houses and palaces alongside the River Thames, Ham House and Garden stands as one of Europe’s greatest 17th-century houses.
The house is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens that are gradually being restored to their original 17th-century splendour. The restoration project is based upon a plan dating back to 1671 by Slezer and Wyck, which can be seen on display inside the house in the library closet.
Highlights of the garden include the much-photographed cherry garden and its geometric lavender parterres, the maze-like planting of hornbeam hedges in the wilderness and a beautiful walled kitchen garden.
The kitchen garden has been at Ham since at least 1653 and is currently one of the most productive walled kitchen gardens in London. It provides the café with produce all year round, from purple-podded peas to salsify, skirret and scorzonera – the gardeners aim to be as true to the 17th century as possible.
Regular free half-hour tours of the garden with our friendly volunteer garden guides.
Choose from a variety of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and homemade soups in the Orangery café.
Children's garden trail available from visitor reception (small charge applies).
Nearest postcode: TW10 7RS
65 to Sandpits Road or 371 to Ham Street (10-15 minute walk)
Richmond (1¾ miles/2.8KM, bus)
Disabled toilet on site.
Free council-owned car park 400m away.
Working assistance dogs only
Visit to house not included in event.
Last entry 4.30pm.