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“A must-visit 17th Century gem on the banks of the Thames”
Review of Ham House

Ham House
Ranked #11 of 55 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Splendidly preserved 17th-century house and gardens.
Reviewed 30 June 2018

It was wonderful to see a National Trust property that had changed little since 1640 when the original 1610 house was radically altered by William Murray and then his daughter Elizabeth. So much has survived of the original furniture, tapestries, pictures and ornamentation. We were able to get join one of the (free) guided visits to a few of the rooms. The volunteers in each room were quite excellent and were very knowledgeable about the history of the building and its occupants. It was amazing that the house had remained within the same family since it had been constructed. All the rooms on the basement, ground floor and first floor can be visited. I particularly enjoyed the beautiful room with the beautiful tapestries. Also, it was interesting to see the bathroom that had been created immediately below Elizabeth Tollemache’s bedroom - apparently one of the first of its kind in the UK. The kitchens in the basement are also interesting to visit, as is the oldest room in the house where Elizabeth experimented in the creation of perfumes. The grounds are delightful, located as they are along the banks of the Thames. There is a lovely café in the orangery (claimed to be the oldest in the UK). We visited Ham House from the Twickenham side and took the £1 ferry directly to the property (open until 5 pm).

Thank DGarethOwen
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We visited this National Trust home during a brief visit to London.Walking along the Thames past fields with cows and some horses was very enjoyable.The gardens of the house and its history are the main points of interest.But an enjoyable walk and an interesting house

Thank Brian B
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

First time I have ventured to London to visit an NT property, but I was not disappointed. There is no on site parking (except disabled) but there is a free car park 150 metres away from the property and some free parking by the park opposite the entrance.

The house is very grand and you can go in a reasonable amount of rooms. There is plenty to see, but they were renovating some of the rooms but this did not spoil the visit. As usual, all the staff in the rooms were very knowledgeable and would answer any questions you may have.

The gardens were nice, I took a free guided tour which lasted about 40 minutes, which was very informative. Some of the gardens were in the process of being re planted but this did not spoil the visit.

The Thames is a stones throw away, and I had a pleasant time walking along the embankment, towards Richmond. All in all, worth a look.

Thank livelifet0thefull
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

For those with walking challenges you can be dropped off at the front gate and the driver can park on the road, an easy 5 minute walk. The house was having a film made there so the rooms were not all set up. But, the ones that were open were very interesting. Don't miss the older bath in England below the house. Or where they made herbs. Enjoyed the volunteer in the kitchen. A little hard to get to (with traffic) but lovely escape. Wish we had time to go for walk along the river and through the gardens. They looked lovely.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

I came here on a day trip to London. The walk along the river Thames to get to it was lovely, the sun shone and the river was busy with boat race activity.
Upon arrival however I was a little disappointed. The house from the driveway looked good but once inside there was nothing much to see as a film crew were arriving later in the week so things had been packed away.
I headed for the gardens thinking this would be a better place, again I was disappointed. I could not see some of the things that were outlined on the map.
In all honesty its not one of the best National Trust places I've been to and I have to say that the only positive thing for me, being a member was that it was free.

Thank Naomi O
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