Things to See and Do

Things to see and do

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
    • Shops - The Orangery, Secondhand Bookshop and Garden shop are closed.
    • Cafes - 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.

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.

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

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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