Things to See and Do

Things to see and do

Stunning Artwork

Discover the vast array of masterpieces hanging in Kenwood. From Rembrandt to Turner, Gainsborough to Vermeer there is something here to suit every taste.

The paintings were all collected by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, who bequeathed his outstanding collection to the nation in 1927.

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 Sir Humphrey Repton. There is something to enjoy here in every season.

Tea and cake at Kenwood House

Food Glorious Food

Treat yourself to a full lunch in the atmospheric surroundings of The Brew House Café, with both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

Or pop into The Steward's Room serving a take-away menu of soup, salads, sandwiches and cakes, together with hot and cold drinks. Perfect after a bracing stroll in the grounds.

Both cafés are run by Searcys, and are next to the house in what was once the service wing.

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.

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.

View of Kenwood House in the sunshine

Kenwood goes Mobile

Get more from your visit with our new free App which helps you discover more about the house, the collections and amazing stories.

The App is designed to be used during your visit, but it can also give you a taster of what there is to discover at Kenwood.

Beautiful items available in the Kenwood shop


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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