A palatial building with sprawling gardens sitting on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond. Ham House is also famous for another reason, it is one of the most haunted houses in Britain. Lets discover Ham House – Haunted house near London.

Ham House - Haunted house near London.
Ham House – Haunted house near London.

Things to know about Ham House –

This palatial home was built in the 17th century originally and bestowed by James I to his son Henry Frederick who was the Prince of Wales. After his death Ham House was given to James’ second son, Charles, several years before he became King. It was then passed on to William Murray the childhood friend of Charles I who had taken the role of his whipping boy. He was given the lease of Ham House as a gift from the King in 1626.

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Ham House - Haunted house near London.
Ham House – Haunted house near London.

How do you get into Ham House ?

Ham House is now part of the National Trust and members can visit this beautiful estate for free. If you are not a member you can purchase tickets online or at the entrance of Ham House.

The 16 Ghosts of Ham House

The house is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain and is a treat to some people who love chasing ghosts. According to the National Trust, who own and run this property there are several cold spots within the building and people have experienced sound of footsteps, scents of roses and glimpses of mysterious characters. Some visitors have reported the aroma of the sweet Virginia pipe tobacco that the Duke Overnight ghost watchers think there are at least 15 different ghosts that float around the place and the 16th one is of the dog that roams around the palace.

Ham House - Haunted house near London.
The Airy look of Ham House – Haunted house near London.
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What is there to see inside Ham House – Haunted house near London.

The House enjoyed a rich historic past and is internationally recognised for it’s collection of exquisite paintings, lavish furniture and beautiful textiles collected over 400 years. . Some of the most unique objects that form part of the collection are a rare Chinese teapot, said to have been used by the Duchess herself, and an exotic ivory cabinet.

There are selected rooms in the house that are open to public and you can join a guided tour on a first come basis. If this if of interest to you, would suggest booking one in advance.

Apart from the stories of being one of the most haunted houses is Britain, Ham House is very popular attraction for all ages and a great Family day outing.

Ham House - Haunted house near London.
Garden @ Ham House

There is something for everyone in Ham House. If you are not looking for ghosts you can enjoy the gardens or a picnic in the manicured lawns.

Is Ham House good for kids?

There are plenty of activities for the Kids at Ham House. From replicas of 17th Century wooden toys to open garden spaces the kids will enjoy this place.There is also a well designed maze that keeps both the kids and adults occupied.

The open spaces outside the house includes a productive kitchen garden containing many heritage crops.

Ham House - Haunted house near London.
Beautiful building of Ham House – Haunted house near London.
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The Orangery Cafe @ Ham House Garden

The Orangery Cafe at Ham House is one of the first examples of an Orangery. Treat yourself to delicious meals prepared from home grown produce. The cafe serves a selection of hot and cold food including cakes and Afternoon Tea.

Ham House - Haunted house near London.
The Orangery Cafe @ Ham House

How to get to Ham House from London

Visiting Ham House from London is quite easy. You can either drive or acres Public Transport.

  • By Train – Use the underground (District Line) or over ground train to to Richmond Station. From the station you can either take a leisurely walk or get a cab or bus. It is roughly 1½ miles from the station.
  • By Road – Ham is easily accessible via the M3, M4 and M25. Ue the Richmond Park Ham Gate exit.
  • Address of Ham House – Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS.
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If you looking to visit Ham House you can also visit the famous Petersham Nurseries and Cafe nearby or one of the larges parks near London – Richmond Park .

Richmond Park - Best Parks in London.
Richmond Park – Best Parks in London.
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe
Ham House - Haunted house near London.
Ham House – Haunted house near London
Ham House - Haunted house near London
Ham House – Haunted house near London
Ham House - Haunted house near London.
The splendid building of Ham House
Ham House - Haunted house near London.
Maze at Ham House

19 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a beautiful home. I’ve not yet visited Ham House, even though I live half the year in London. It’s so historic, and when I do visit, I hope I see no ghosts!

  2. Whenever I travel to regal or upscale estates I love to choose the ones that are not as well known. Ham House is a perfect example of that. I love its historic heritage, but it seems relatively untouched by tourism and the affects of time. I would love to peruse the library and the gardens for a few hours!

    • I must admit this is a great place yet not as popular as some of the other attractions in and around London. Hope you can visit it soon

  3. sounds interesting and as I really like spooky places will surely add to my list to visit. Thanks for sharing yet another great post .

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