This mansion is run by the National Trust, which is dedicated to preserving properties in immaculate condition, although sadly that's not always the case. Ham House is a palatial mansion that dates back to the seventeenth century, on the outskirts of Richmond Upon Thames, beside the river. It was built on the orders of the Duchess of Lauderdale and her noble husband. Today it functions as a museum, and photos are not allowed to be taken inside. Outside there is a real scrum to buy the tickets, and you may have a few problems before you're finally allowed in! The grounds have been reduced considerably in recent years, and there's not much to do there, but once inside you can see an interesting collection of paintings, furniture and clothing. It is said to be one of the most haunted houses in the area, with many people swearing to have smelled the snuff of the Duke'spipe.