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Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Ham House is a 17th-century house set in formal gardens on the bank of the River Thames in Ham, south of Richmond in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It was completed by 1610 by Thomas Vavasour, an Elizabethan courtier and Knight Marshal to James I, but came to prominence during the 1670s as the home of Elizabeth (Murray) Maitland, the Duchess of Lauderdale and Countess of Dysart and her second husband John Maitland, the Duke of Lauderdale. The house retains many original Jacobean and Caroline features and furnishings and is claimed by the National Trust to be "unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power." The house is designated on the National Heritage List for England as a Grade I listed building and has been an Accredited Museum since 2015. Its park and formal gardens are listed at Grade II* by Historic England in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In 1948, the house was donated to the National Trust by Sir Lyonel Tollemache and his son Major (Cecil) Lyonel Tollemache.
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  • I’d like to give Ham House and gardens a higher rating but unfortunately I can’t… there are parts of the garden which are nice enough, for example, the Cherry Garden which is a very nice parterre...  more »
  • I had been hoping to go to Ham House for a while. I finally had the time to go. It was easy to get to, though it took a bit of time. I took the tube, then the bus. Its a lovely building , but you...  more »
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  • We visited in February on a last minute decision and we were not disappointed. Free parking near it which is brilliant. The grounds the house is set on are beautiful, although they are quite small so doesn’t take too long to walk around. You are able to walk around the basement of the house which has lots of interesting stories and a banquet set up with different foods they used to eat which was an eye opener. When you go into the main entrance of the house, we were greeted by a lovely lady who’s knowledge of the house was outstanding and set the scene for what to look out for in each room we entered upstairs. The house is very beautiful and grand from both outside and in. Definitely something to visit and learn the history about ham house. Also the cafe on site does the most amazing cream tea which you can’t miss out on !!
  • Ham House is a historic house with formal gardens set back 200 metres from the River Thames in Ham, south of Richmond in London. It is claimed by the National Trust to be "unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power." The house itself is designated on the National Heritage List for England as a Grade I listed building. Its park and formal gardens are listed at Grade II* by Historic England in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
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