Ham House & Garden
Ham House & Garden is a National Trust owned property located in Ham, just south of Richmond upon Thames and north of Kingston. Situated by the River Thames, this impressive 17th century residence was built by Sir Thomas Vavasour and given by James I to his son Henry Frederick Stuart, Prince of Wales. It later passed to William Murray, a strong supporter of Charles I, and became a focal point for the politics surrounding the English Civil War and Restoration. Today Ham House is said to be amongst the most haunted houses in England.
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Things to see and do
The house and garden have a number of interesting attractions to explore. Ham House has a superb collection of 17th century furniture, paintings and textiles. Highlights include a Charles I portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, an Elizabeth I miniature by Nicholas Hilliard and a Japanese lacquered cabinet. There is an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century books, stored in the library which at the time was a pioneering development. Not to miss are the magnificent cantilevered staircase, the Long Gallery, the Green Closet and the Duchess’ Bathroom, where visitors can try out the day bed amidst the scents of perfumed oils.
Ham Garden features a working kitchen garden dating from 1653, which supplies authentic 17th century produce for the cafe such as Good King Henry or “poor man’s asparagus” and strawberry blite. Other highlights of the garden include a Cherry Garden, an impressive formal tree avenue, various garden trails and a delightful wilderness area. The Orangery is the oldest in Britain and houses the Orangery Cafe, selling homemade cakes, cream teas and second hand books, while the gift shop is located in the original bake house and laundry outbuilding.
The house is open to the public Saturday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm, while the garden, cafe and shop are open Saturday to Thursday from 11am to 4.30pm. Please reconfirm the opening timings from the official National Trust website before planing your visit.
How to get to Ham House & Garden
Ham House & Garden is accessible by train or underground via a beautiful scenic walk or cycle from Richmond Station. Alternatively visitors can travel by bus (371) with a ¾ mile walk or by seasonal ferry from the Twickenham towpath. The property is close to exits from the M3, M4 and M25.
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