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Ham House and Garden

7 September 2015

image from Ham House and Garden

One of the properties that had been on my Art Pass hit list for a while was Ham House, a 17th century house in Richmond which sits on the banks of the River Thames.

Ham House was originally built in 1610 but was extended in the 1670s for the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale. The house remained in the family until 1948 when it was donated to the National Trust.

The house contains a superb collection of paintings, furniture and textiles. Want to have a peek inside?

The house is surrounded by extensive and beautifully restored gardens although I failed to explore them to their full potential. I want to return to the area to visit Marble Hill House so this gives me an excuse to go back again. There is even a seasonal ferry that travels between the two properties.

Entry to Ham House is £10 (free for National Trust and Art Fund members). Free parking is available along the river bank close to the property or you can get the 371 or 65 bus from Richmond or Kingston stations.

Of the two National Trust properties I have visited in Richmond, Osterley House was my favourite but I would recommend a visit to Ham House as well if you’re in the area, especially if you have a membership that gives you free admission.

Have you visited Ham House? What did you think of the property?

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