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“Beautiful house and gardens by the Thames”
Review of Ham House

Ham House
Ranked #8 of 32 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 15 July 2018

Lovely though not spectacular gardens and parkland leading down to the Thames. Interesting house which has not been altered much since it was built. Some great art and artefacts and a fascinating displays below stairs. The cafe is especially good, with tables in the kitchen garden, serving home grown produce. On fine days you can walk down the river to Richmond or take the ferry to Marble Hill House (EH) in Twickenham.

Thank John D
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We spent a delightful afternoon at this stately home built alongside the Thames River. Families were picnicking under the boughs of magnificent Plain, Elm and other trees with their children and well controlled dogs. There is one of the last penny ferries which can be hailed to take visitors across the river to a open park with a well equipped playground. While done the boatman can be called to take you back.
We entered Ham House and spent the afternoon meandering through many sumptuous rooms with ornate artwork and architectural style. Elizabeth herself was to be a prized guest but may not have come! The gardens are beautifully laid out and maintained with a great number of places to sit and enjoy the gardens.
Personally I felt we had encountered the real Great Britain of the time of empire.
Entrance fees are modest and enough money should be over to enjoy an English high tea in the efficient and hospitable restaurant with a good range of healthy options.

Thank Andy L
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Visited with 3 others, during the visit the fire alarm was activated. Staff/volunteers were not aware that it was the fire alarm and were not certain about what they should do. The visitors decided that they should get out but as they were no fire exit signs and no marked assembly points it was all a bit of a worry. A public visiting place should have better trained staff and fire exits clearly signposted.
We then visited the cafe. Tea in paper cups, dirty tables a very cheap environment. Not to be recommended.

1  Thank Jb24m
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Maybe it's me! But somehow Ham house did nothing for me. I know it is a very good example of a 17th Century home and that it is really authentic with very little major alteration since those times.I know that historically it is important since it was lived in by William Murray, a close friend of Charles I...but it just wasn't that interesting. To be more descriptive, the house itself is in a lovely setting just back from the River Thames. We visited as a quick detour from walking the Thames path - and took about an hour including a break for lunch.
The exterior of the house is excellently preserved with huge formal gardens behind - which would make a lovely spot to share a picnic. In front (on the River side) is a large Coade stone statue of 'Old Father Thames' sculptured by John Bacon (1740-1799). At the side of the house in separate buildings there is a good sized gift shop and a cafe serving a limited range of food and snacks. Disappointingly the tea and coffees were all served in paper cups - but the scones and biscuits were very tasty.
Inside the house is a succession of rooms from dining areas, galleries of portraits (up the stairs and in a long gallery), bed chambers, a bathroom, and many rooms to receive guests. The house is dark with a lot of dark wood. There is a limited range of furniture. No guided tours were available for us (12.30 pm on a Saturday) but the room guides were helpful. Perhaps the most interesting areas were' below stairs' where the kitchen (no sink!) and beer cellars were well presented.
I am sorry to be so negative about the place. I love NT properties - but this one left me cold!

Thank RickW419
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

The house is very well presented. You view the main house then go around the side to view the downstairs area. There was a lovely lady making cakes. The grounds are extensive, nice for a picnic. With a lovely restaurant in the walled kitchen garden.
I walked from Richmond along the river walk. Its only 1 3/4 miles.

Thank Crochet1956
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