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The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, 78 Derngate, is an important and award-winning historic house set in the heart of Northampton. Only one hour away from London and close to the MI, Northampton is a vibrant, eight hundred year old county town. Along with numerous other attractions within the town, 78 Derngate is a gem of a tourist attraction waiting to be discovered. 

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House at 78 Derngate, Galleries and Shop, are open in 2014
from Saturday, February 1st until Sunday, December 21st.

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.  (Last entry to the house is 4 pm).

Also Bank Holiday Mondays. (Not The Dining Room Restaurant).


' To the great museums of the world, there must now be added one other. 78 Derngate, Northampton . . . this is the most delightful museum you will ever see'
Daily Telegraph

78 Derngate
Northampton Trust
entrance via 82 Derngate
telephone: 01604 603 407
email: info@78derngate.org.uk
web: www.78derngate.org.uk


2014 Opening Times

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, 78 Derngate, Galleries and Shop are open from:-

Saturday, February 1st - Sunday, December 21st.

Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.
Last entry to the house is 4 pm.  
Also Bank Holiday Mondays,  (Not The Dining Room Restaurant).


The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, 78 Derngate, 2014 Entry Prices

Adult - £6.70
Family - £18 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Children (5-18) and Students - £4
Daytime Group (15+) - £5.70 per person
Evening Group (15+) -  £6.70 per person
School Parties - £3 per student
25% Discount for:
  Individual Members of English Heritage
  Telegraph Subscribers
  Tiny Red Card Holders
  Members of CRM society
  Friends of 78 Derngate

Free entry to the Gift & Craft Shop, The Gallery Upstairs and The Dining Room Restaurant.

Touring 78 Derngate

You can visit The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, 78 Derngate, in two ways:

  • By self guiding and therefore touring the house unaccompanied between 10 am and 4 pm (House closes at 5 pm).  Information booklets and photographs are located in every room to help you.  Booking is not required, however, 78 Derngate is a small house and numbers are restricted, so very occasionally, if we have a large group booking in the house, you may have to wait before admisssion.
  • By taking a guided tour :
    Start times are - 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm.
    Guided tours take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes including an introductory DVD. Guided tours are subject to availability, to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book prior to your visit by telephoning  01604 603407 (10 am - 5 pm).  Often the day before, or even the morning of your visit is enough notice.  There is no extra cost for a guided tour.

Many visitors to 78 Derngate also enjoy a visit to the nearby Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.  The museum houses the largest collection of shoes and related objects in the world.
Click here to visit their website:  Northampton Museum and Gallery.

Evening Tours and Functions

Evening tours are available throughout the year to groups of 15+. Evening groups can enjoy a drinks reception or full meal.

Group Visits

Groups of 15+ can book during opening hours and evenings. Booking is required at least 10 working days before visit date. Please see the Group Booking Information and Booking Form on the website at the bottom of this page.

Educational Visits

School and Student Groups can book a tour during opening hours as well as selected evenings. An Educational Resource Pack is available for teachers. Please see our education page for further information and bookings.


The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries at 78 Derngate consists of three adjacent Georgian town-houses, making full accessibility a challenge.  78 Derngate itself is a small terraced house with many stairs.  We can offer only partial mobility access.

The main entrance to the premises is through a wide (850mm), contemporary glass door at 82 Derngate. This is accessed via a ramp. The ground floor of the reception area, shop, atrium and into The Dining Room restaurant is on one level and is accessible. There is also access to the outside deck space through wide glass doors. The entrance into The Dining Room Restaurant is via a door measuring 740mm.

Access into the museum area is via two temporary ramps through a 750mm doorway. There is a lift in this building and the doorway is 800mm wide. The lift gives access to a disabled toilet and all floors in our exhibition gallery, but only to two of the floors in the Mackintosh House, 78 Derngate. It is advisable to call and book in advance so we can accomodate your specific needs and requirements. Please speak to the manager on 01604 603 407.

Blue Badge holders can park where there is street parking free of charge for up to 3hours.

Finding 78

We are located in the heart of Northampton. Close to the Museum and the Royal & Derngate Theatres.  

By Car

Our post code is: NN1 1UH
  From South - M1 Junction 15 or A43
  From North - M1 Junction 16 or A14/A43
  From East - A45
  From West - A45/A4500

Follow signs for the town centre and then towards the Royal & Derngate Theatre. The maps below show town centre car parks.  There is no parking at 78 Derngate.

Please note that on Wednesday, May 7th 2014 several streets in the town centre, including Derngate, will be closed for a cycling event.

One of the nearest car parks is in Hazelwood Road, postcode NN1 1LG.  This is a pay & display car park located towards the lower end of Hazelwood Road approaching Derngate on the right.  Hazelwood Road is a one way street and is accessed by vehicle from St Giles Street.

A larger, printable version of this map can be downloaded using the attachment link at the bottom of the page.


Post codes for other nearby car parks are as follows:
  1.  St. Johns:  NN1 1HA (2 hours free parking Mon - Fri, free all day at weekends)
  2.  Midsummer Meadow:  NN1 5NX

  Albion Place Car Park is now partially closed

You can download a printable version of this map using the attachment link at the bottom of the page.

Parking in marked bays on the street and in some car parks in Northampton is free on a Sunday.

Blue Badge holders can park where there is street parking free of charge for up to 3hours.


 By Train and Bus

78 Derngate can be reached by foot from:
  Northampton Train Station - 25 mins
  Main Town Centre Bus Stops - 10 mins



window in gallery

Latest news

25/03/2014 - 11:50

78 Derngate has been nominated by the Twentieth Century Society as one of 100 British buildings of the last 100 years representing the diversity and brilliance of the architecture of the twentieth century.

You can view the 78 Derngate listing via the link below.


17/01/2014 - 11:51


When we removed the exhibits at the close of a recent exhibition in one of the galleries in 82 Derngate, our visitor centre,  lumps of plaster came away with the pictures.

Closer inspection revealed that this was the original plaster from the 1815 Regency house and the cause of the problem was exposed.