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Kenwood House

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Address: Kenwood House Hampstead Lane, London NW3 7JR, England
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+44 20 8348 1286
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped...

Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems.

The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to enjoy. Discover the vast array of masterpieces hanging in this grand setting, including Rembrandt's self portrait, and be awed by the breathtaking beauty of architect Robert Adam's library.

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A gorgeous Palladian villa set in landscaped gardens but only less than 5 miles from London

Kenwood was acquired by the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of England, and he set about embellishing it into one of the finest houses in England. Robert Adam designed the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kenwood was acquired by the Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of England, and he set about embellishing it into one of the finest houses in England. Robert Adam designed the Library for him and it is one of the greatest interiors in London, recently stunningly refurbished by English Heritage. This house is also where the extraordinary story of Dido... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were greeted by friendly volunteers who had actively provided us with all the stories and information about the painting, the furniture, and the building. The children loved to play the jigsaw puzzles and the doll's house in the children area. It was freezing on the day of our visit, and muds everywhere from defrosted ice. Experienced visitors came with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful surroundings and a lovely palace inside it. Perfect for a day on the countryside and totally free! The walk into the gardens, around the ponds and through the forest is a perfect prologue to the visit of the palace. Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and other British masters as Gainsborough.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wandering around the (free) English Heritage house was a pleasure in itself, especially when this gem of a restaurant was available. Cold weather outside, so the house soup was on the menu and a lovely winter-warmer it turned out to be. Good range of sandwiches and main meals, if you wanted them, with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to go with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting house with too much to see in one visit. No charge so return visits are fine. Fantastic grounds. Hampstead Heath and Highgate are just a stroll away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The actual Kenwood House is steeped in history, well worth understanding the history of our local landmarks. Loads of volunteers in each room who are willing to help you understand more. They have some top artists there as well as a Rembrandt. They have a room where you can dress up in old school clothing for a bit of fun.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

If ever you should need to relax a little from the hub bub which is London, I would recommend a visit to here,which is free, both to visit the beautiful house with its many paintings, and to learn it s history. Kenwood house has a lovely cafe and there are beautiful walks within the grounds and further into Hampstead Heath,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Located in the peaceful Hampstead Heath this elegant homestead reflects a bygone era. With an outlook across the landscaped Heath you can imagine what it was like to live the life of privilege centuries ago The building is full of fascinating and wonderfull painting reflecting that era with portraits of dukes and duchess as well as landscapes and items the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

In the heart of London a gorgeous English Heritage house to explore- completely free of charge - and beautiful grounds with an excellent cafe where we had a smashing lunch of sausage and mash!! What's not to like! And the sun shone as a bonus!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

For anyone who has seen the movie "Belle" this is where it all happened in real life. Beautiful country aristocrat home without being a palace. Surprising art collection including Rembrandt "The Artist". Free entry. Grounds are sparse and open to the public loved by many locals. Perfect photograph location.

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