Things to See and Do

Things to see and do

Welcome to Kenwood

The grounds of Kenwood Estate are now open for free. 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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Grounds - The grounds are open as usual for you to enjoy while social distancing.
  • House - The ground floor of the House is open 11am – 3pm with a new one- way route in place to ensure social distancing. Visitors will need to enter via the Orangery at the South Side of the House. The upper floor will remain closed.
  • Pictures of Innocence - During September, visitors to the House can also enjoy our trail exploring ideas about innocence, family and morality in the Georgian age. Find out more.
  • Cafe - The Steward's Room Cafe will be open from 8am Mon- Sun for takeaway light refreshments including sandwiches, soup, hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice-creams. The Brew House cafe will be open 9am-5pm Mon - Sun for takeaway light refreshments also. The terrace has re-opened with seating available for visitors.
  • Shop - The garden shop and a temporary shop in The Orangery is open for you to browse and purchase a range of chutneys, wine, accessories, plants and garden items. There will be a one way system in place and we encourage contactless payments where possible.
  • Bookshop - The second hand bookshop is open with a one-way system in place.
  • Toilets - The Service Wing toilets are open as usual. There will be additional hand sanitising stations at site.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Kenwood's indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Access - please note our mobility vehice is currently unavailable.
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Rhododendrons at Kenwood House

Gorgeous Gardens

Roam the meandering paths around Kenwood through 112 acres of glorious parkland. Set on the crest of one of the most popular open spaces in the capital, Hampstead Heath.
Explore the ancient woodland, fascinating dairy, and look out for the beautiful sculptures and sham bridge.

In contrast to the natural heathland, the park around Kenwood is a designed landscape created by Humphry Repton. There is something to enjoy here in every season.

Rembrandt #nofilter

Join us as we mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death with our free, temporary Rembrandt #nofilter display in the Dining Room Lobby during 4th October 2019 - 14th February 2020. The display is generously supported by The Friends of Kenwood, and art lighting partner: TM Lighting.

Home to Rembrandt’s celebrated Self-Portrait with Two Circles, the display will place Rembrandt’s timeless self-portrait alongside a new digital work, generated by visitor’s ‘selfies’ to explore the artist’s own self-scrutiny against the filtered images of the ‘selfie’ age. Find out more. 

You can also join a free 15-minute talk from our expert Volunteers teams on Rembrandt and the exhibition. These will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12.30 pm. 

Beautiful restored ceiling and corinthian columns at Kenwood House

Amazing Architecture

See one of the greatest interiors by one of the masters of his art. Kenwood is a masterpiece created by the famous 18th-century Scottish architect Robert Adam. He extended the house and designed many of the rooms – with the star attraction being the Great Library.

The Great Library was returned to its original colour scheme as part of a huge refurbishment project which was completed in 2013.

Find out how you can support Kenwood so the house can continue to inspire new generations of visitors. Or discover how to get involved by volunteering.

Tea and cake at Kenwood House

Food Glorious Food

Please note that there are some changes to our catering offer from the start of January until early April 2020. The Brewhouse Cafe, Old Kitchen and Steward's Room will be closed from 9th March 2020 until late Spring for redesign and redecoration.

During this time, you can still enjoy a tasty treat in our pop-up catering offer on the south terrace. Please see our facilities page for more details. 

 

Interior view of Kenwood House

Who lived in a house like this?

With a remarkable house come remarkable stories of the people who lived here.

From Judge Lord Mansfield and his great niece Dido Belle, to brewing magnate Edward Guinness, who gave Kenwood to the nation.

Learn more about the people and their lives with the hands-on displays at Kenwood. Choose your own route around the house as you delve into its fascinating past.

Two boys admiring some of the artwork at Kenwood House

Trails and Backpacks

Our explorer backpacks are perfect for families with under fives - pick up to five discovery tools to take with you as you explore Kenwood together. Or for families with children between 5-11 years old, Mac's Kenwood trail is the perfect guide to discover Kenwood stories in the house and estate.

There's lot of fun things for families to enjoy at Kenwood. Start your visit to the house in our dedicated family zone in the Orangery where there are hands-on activities to stay and play with together.

Look out for Mac and his paw prints to help you spot family activities during your visit.

Secondhand Bookshop

Looking for a new book? Make sure you come and visit our secondhand bookshop in Mansion Cottage (next to our Garden shop). This is a volunteer-led project run and manned entirely by our amazing volunteers. All proceeds from the bookshop go into the restoration and running of Kenwood.

Why not pop in and have a browse? We've got lots of perfect reading spots in our stunning grounds. The shop will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4:30pm.

 

Beautiful items available in the Kenwood shop

Shopping

Browse our two shops at Kenwood and pick up the perfect reminder of a great day out, or a distinctive gift. From mugs and stationery, to tote bags and tea towels, there are many memorable items to catch your eye.

Look out for the beautiful leather notebooks featuring Adam's Italian Renaissance-inspired patterns created for the ceilings at Kenwood. Available in the pastel colours of Adam's original colour scheme, recently reinstated as part of Kenwood's refurbishment. You can also shop online.

Plan your visit to Kenwood today.

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