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78 Derngate

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Address: 78 Derngate, Northampton NN1 1UH, England
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+44 1604 603407
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie...

78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

It is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton.

Designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, the house has been meticulously restored and opened to the public. On site: a boutique restaurant, light-filled art galleries, a stylish design shop and elegant spaces that can be hired for meetings, events and functions.

78 Derngate was the architect's final major commission; his visionary patron, Northampton model engineer, W.J Bassett-Lowke. It is the only place in the world where Mackintosh's mature architectural and interior style can be seen in their original setting. As such, the house has drawn many thousands of visitors from around the globe. Now you can follow in their footsteps and see this unique work from one of Britain's most influential and celebrated designers.

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Wonderful inisght into MacKintosh and Bassett-Lowke

Our guide was exceptional and really made the 90 minute tour of what is just a small terraced house an interesting and instructive visit. The restaurant also did well to serve... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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235 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide was exceptional and really made the 90 minute tour of what is just a small terraced house an interesting and instructive visit. The restaurant also did well to serve us a quick snack, despite not having booked, before the tour started.

Thank NAJB
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An Afternoon tea was purchased for a friend and me for my birthday. What a wonderful place? Apart from gorgeous building, well laid out informative boards, tours and a lovely little shop, art gallery etc., Made our way to the Dining area which was designed to give the feel of a cottage tea rooms. Our hostess was very pleasant and... More 

Thank Lesley D
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide was excellent with a lot of knowledge and a sense of humour. I wasn't sure what to expect before my visit, but was so impressed with each and every room. Well worth a visit, particularly if you are interested in how home interiors have changed over the last 100 years.

Thank Sylvia W
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very knowledgeable guide who gave in depth information. The house is restored to a high and original standard. It is clean and well kept. The only down side was the tea rooms were closed off for a private function while the house was still open to visitors.

Thank jennyh0rne
78DerngateNhampton, Manager at 78 Derngate, responded to this review

Many thanks for posting your review and we're glad to know that you enjoyed your visit to 78 Derngate. It was unfortunate that The Dining Room was unavailable to you at the time of your visit and we will pass on your comments to the owners of this separate business. For the benefit of other potential visitors we strongly recommend... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprising and amazing- not what you expect behind the unassuming entrance! Fascinating and beautiful. Lovely gift shop and had the most amazing afternoon tea- eat after your tour, you can't move after all those gorgeous cakes!

Thank BettyBNorthants
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not often that you get the opportunity to visit an urban house that contains the iconic design workings of Rennie Macintosh, and when you find out it was a commission from the world renowned Northampton engineer and toy maker Wenham Joseph Bassett-Loake you just have to go visit. Far too much detail to cover in a simple review on... More 

Thank Andrew B
Rugby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have visited Northampton many times over many years but this was my first visit to 78 Derngate, and arrived just in time to join a guided tour. It began with a 10 minute film briefly telling the history and then a small group of us were shown round the various rooms ( you are required to wear plastic covers over... More 

Thank Norma P
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was very surprised to visit this house that is literally on my door step, enjoyed looking around the house followed by afternoon tea was delicious

Thank dianemoulds
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great tour around this intriguing piece of Charles Rennie Mackintosh design in Northampton a great little gem and well worth a visit - the tour is a must

Thank Rich W
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A unique property for all Rennie Mackintosh lovers. A real must see and worth a trip to Northampton where you can also see the stunning Guildhall a few yards down the road. Knowledgeable guides, and excellent collection of Basset Lowke models o display.

Thank Graham S

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