Things to See and Do

Things to see and do

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.

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.

Kenwood Tours

Highlight Tours

Join us for Highlight Tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11.30am. Enjoy a 1-hour tour led by an expert volunteer to draw on some of the highlights of the collection and give a brief overview of Kenwood House. No need to pre-book, turn up and pay on the day - £10 Adults/ £5 English Heritage Members (Children free).

Spotlight Talks

We are running free 15-minute Spotlight Talks at Kenwood House on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11.30am, 12:15pm and 1pm. One of our volunteers will highlight a key item of the collection.

Tea and cake at Kenwood House

Food Glorious Food

Enjoy a tasty treat after a wander around our magnificent collection and glorious grounds. Top up your energy at the Brew House Cafe with a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, baguettes or a mouth-watering roast dinner on Sundays. Or grab a light refreshment with a delectable pastry or sandwich at the Stewards Room.

 

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

Mac's Kenwood Trail

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.

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 Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm.

 

Beautiful items available in the Kenwood shop

Shopping

Browse our three 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.

You can also shop online.

Plan your visit to Kenwood today.

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