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Ham House

  • Ham St. Map It
  • Richmond
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

To the west of Richmond Park, overlooking the Thames and nearly opposite the memorably named Eel Pie Island, Ham House was built in 1610 and remodeled 50 years later. It's one of the most complete examples in Europe of a lavish 17th-century house, and as such you can get a clear sense of how the English aristocracy really lived during that period (in short: comfortably). The beautiful formal gardens, with their distinctive spherical and conical topiary, have become an influential source for other palaces and grand villas seeking to restore their gardens to how they were in their heyday. The original decorations in the Great Hall, Round Gallery, and Great Staircase have been replicated, and all the furniture and fittings are on permanent loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum. A tranquil and scenic way to reach the house is on foot, which takes about 30 minutes, along the eastern riverbank south from Richmond Bridge.

Sight Information

Address:

Ham St., London, TW10 7RS, England

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Phone:

020-8940–1950

Sight Details:

  • £11 house, gardens, and outbuildings; £4.50 gardens and servants' quarters only

Published 08/30/2016

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