Ham House and Gardens
One of Europe’s best-maintained examples of 17th-century houses, the Ham House and Garden was built in 1610 by William Murray, who received the lease from his childhood friend King Charles I. Under the stewardship of William and his daughter Elizabeth, the house was transformed into the 1600s example of luxury. The family kept the house until 1948 when the descendants of Elizabeth passed the property over to the United Kingdom’s National Trust who maintains it to this day.
Ham House boasts of formal gardens and walled kitchen garden that still retains its original 17th-century style. One example is the gardens at the South Terrace Border and its seasonal highlights. Another you should not miss is the Cherry Garden, which features a statue of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, surrounded by the lovely aroma of lavender. Ask the Visitor Reception upon your arrival for the 30-minute garden tour for the best experience!
For those interested in the greater outdoors, deer typically roam freely in the nearby Richmond Park, particularly around the Georgian Mansion Pembroke Lodge. Those more interested in shopping should also seek tasteful boutiques in nearby Richmond.
To get there, travel via the Overground and District lines to Richmond Station. Unfortunately, as the walk from the station may take up to 45 minutes. Hence, you should consider the 65 bus or a £12 – 14 taxi ride (approx. 15 – 18 USD) from the station’s taxi stand.