Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

It had seemed such a good idea to blow the cobwebs away and have a walk on Hampstead Heath but we were blown off our feet. Luckily Kenwood House is on the north part of the heath and we found shelter from the gale force wind there.

What a delight!

It is home to the  Iveagh Bequest and is full of beautiful pictures to admire and for the Mayhems a large dolls house to play with. All the rooms had helpful and very knowledgeable English Heritage volunteers and staff to point out features you might miss.

Kenwood dolls house

The orangery is set out with various activities and older Mayhems will enjoy the family trail around the house and surrounding grounds.

Kenwood House orangery

Just the place to make your own art work

Suitable for 4+

Where: Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 7JR 
Admission: FREE – some fun childrens craft events have a small charge
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenwood

We used to come to summer concerts by the lake and now we often walk over Hampstead Heath but this is the first time we have been inside Kenwood House since it has been beautifully renovated by English Heritage.

Kenwood House library

The library

The final owner of Kenwood House was Lord Iveagh who was chief executive of the Guinness Brewery. The house contains paintings he owned by artists such as Turner, Gainsborough and Vermeer. One of Rembrandt’s self portraits is also hung here.

Kenwood House music room

Relax on the chairs in the music room

After wandering around the house we made our way to the adjoining The Brew House Café for a reviving coffee before resuming our walk on The Heath.

Kenwood House cafe

Too cold for coffee outside today!

Kenwood House

Getting There Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 7JR
Limited parking in pay and display car park.  Free car parking is available on Hampstead Lane
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