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KidRated’s Kenwood House Top Tips:

  • Pop in to warm up after a walk on Hampstead Heath
  • Don’t miss the hands-on family zone in the Orangery
  • Grab a cup of tea and a bite to eat at the Brew House Café

Featured in the ever-loved Notting Hill, Kenwood House is a beautiful stately home built on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. But it’s not just pretty to look at – Kenwood’s true beauty lies within.

 

Scottish architect Robert Adam remodelled the house between 1764 and 1769. His skill lives on to be admired. The Great Hall and library are both architectural masterpieces now open to the public. Kenwood also hosts many great works of art such as Rembrandt’s self-portrait, ‘A Portrait of the Artist’.

 

More recently the house was featured in the film Belle which is about a mixed race girl who lived at Kenwood in the eighteenth century. Although it was actually filmed in other locations, watching the film before you go will give you a feel of the history of the house.

 

For kids, Mac Kenwood’s trail is a great way to discover secrets about Kenwood’s house and estate.The gardens are perfect for picnics in summer. Kids can enjoy scootering around the grounds and rolling down the hill. If you want to explore the surrounding woods bring wellies whatever the weather and prepare to get muddy.

 

Kenwood is a perfect place to walk the dogs, but look out for signs in places where dogs are not welcome.

Find out what our Mum Reporter Tiff thought of it here.


Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE
  • Tours can be booked

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

Hampstead Lane
London
NW3 7JR

Phone number:

+44 (0)870 333 1181

Website:

Opening hours:

The House and garden shop are open daily from 10.00 - 17.00
The Brew House cafe is open from 09.00 daily
Closed: 24 Dec, Christmas Eve
25 Dec, Christmas Day
28 Dec
1 Jan, New Year's Day

How to get there:

Parking is limited.

Nearest Train: Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak

Nearest Tube: Highgate, Archway, Golders Green

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Don’t underestimate how much kids can enjoy artwork. Focus on the family portraits so they can see kids their own age.
  • The free trail has activities inside and out and kids get a sticker from the shop if they complete it all.
  • On the first Sunday of the month there are free craft activities.
  • Always have cake from the Brew House Cafe as it’s too good to miss.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com 

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  1. philippa

    Had a wonderful muddy adventure up a Kenwood with the kids. They just loved running around and exploring in all that open space. Top day out finishing with a hot chocolate and a slice of cake at the cafe – perfect!

  2. Heidi

    The art is beautiful and the recent renovations are fantastic. Love going for tea and a walk with the kids too. The grounds are a great place to bring scooters!

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