Kenwood

We have changed the opening arrangements of our sites to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The grounds of Kenwood Estate are open to local visitors and Members to use for exercise during the lockdown period. We ask everyone to bear in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling before you plan your visit. All the interior spaces, including Kenwood House and our shops, will be closed, but the grounds remain open. Our café is closed, we have a limited takeaway with hot drinks and cake. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers to protect the health of all our Members, visitors, staff and volunteers. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Please note: to comply with government guidelines, all interior spaces are currently closed including Kenwood House. The service wing toilets will be open for use with additional cleaning in place. Please see the information below for full details.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential to visit Kenwood House. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. Your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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    Booking FAQs

  • What parts of the site are closed?

    To comply with the latest government guidance, all indoor areas of Kenwood are currently closed. This includes:

    • Kenwood House
    • Our shops - The Orangery, Secondhand Bookshop and Garden shop
    • The Brew House Cafe is closed. The Stewards Room Cafe is open for takeaway light refreshments.

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

What's On

Guidebook: Kenwood

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 Kenwood House Timeline

1616-90Brick House

The first house on the site is probably a brick structure built by John Bill, King James I's printer.

Find out more about the history of Kenwood

1690-1705Enlargement and Transformation

Brook Bridges buys the house. His son transforms it into a two-storey red-brick building with large sash windows.

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