Situated on the banks of the River Thames, in the leafy suburb of Richmond-Upon-Thames, Ham House is a grand mansion whose interiors have been left largely unchanged for the last 400 years. Known for its impressive collection of artwork, furniture, and textiles, the house is a unique example of a meticulously well-preserved 17th-century Stuart mansion. It’s also thought to be one of the most haunted houses in the United Kingdom.
Visitors to Ham House can tour the well-appointed interiors and admire the extensive art collections. The downstairs rooms, including the servant’s quarters and basement, feature interactive recreations of 17th-century life. The house hosts historical talks, tours, and seasonal events like candlelit Christmas displays. Ham House is surrounded by manicured gardens including a working fruit, vegetable, and herb garden whose bounty stocks the Orangery Cafe.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Biking routes to the house can be found online.
- Ham House runs occasional free garden tours—check the website for details.
- Dogs are allowed on garden walks.
- Picnics can be enjoyed in the garden.
How to Get There
Ham House is located on Ham Street in Richmond, Surrey. It’s accessible by foot via the Thames Path or by using the TfL 371 bus from Richmond to Kingston.
When to Get There
Interior and garden activities change seasonally, so check the website for an up to date schedule of events.
Ham House With Kids
Ham House is extremely kid-friendly, offering garden walks geared toward children, baby-changing facilities, and high chairs in the cafe. There’s even a chance for them to make Ham House–inspired artwork to take home. For braver kids, there are ghost tours offered between October and December where they can try to spot one of the 15 ghosts rumored to reside in the house.