The only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Join us for a night of bubbles and brushes as 78 Derngate hosts its inaugural Prosecco & Paint evening on July 21st!

 

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The only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Join us for a night of bubbles and brushes as 78 Derngate hosts its inaugural Prosecco & Paint evening on July 21st!

 

Online booking essential via Events

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh
We are a multi-award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton.
  • Open to the public
  • Boutique restaurant
  • Stylish design shop
  • Elegant spaces for hire

Designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, 78 Derngate 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. Famed, not only for its Charles Rennie Mackintosh design but now also as an elegant and special venue. Afternoon tea, fabulous food, stylish shopping, inspirational art exhibitions, business meetings and corporate events.

A warm welcome awaits you!

Iconic Northampton Heritage Sites Team up to Offer Day Out for Groups

Two much-loved Northampton heritage attractions - Delapré Abbey with its 900 years of history and 78 Derngate, the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh - have announced a new partnership offering a day out for group visitors with lunch and a tour.

 

Groups of 12 or more are invited to explore the twists and turns of these fascinating places and uncover the captivating stories of the people that have helped shape their histories.

 

Richard Clinton, Chief Executive, Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust said: “Northampton has an incredibly rich history and we’re excited to share the stories of both the Abbey and 78 Derngate with new and current visitors. 78 Derngate is a fantastic jewel in Northampton, and we are delighted to be partnering with them. Collaborating with colleagues across Northamptonshire is a key priority to us here at Delapré as we strive to broaden access to heritage and culture for all.”

 

Liz Jansson, House Manager, 78 Derngate said:Delapré Abbey stands just across the river Nene from us here at 78 Derngate and makes for the perfect partner in this exciting collaboration. So, it is with immense pleasure and satisfaction that we are able to offer visitors the chance to see both heritage sites on one lovely day out in Northampton, embracing two very different cultural highlights.”

 

For £40 per person, groups can include a guided tour of Delapré Abbey and 78 Derngate with a 3 course lunch in Delapré Abbey’s historic Dining Room. For £25 per person, groups can swap the 3 course lunch for cream tea. Tour organisers and carers are half price.

 

Located just one mile south of Northampton Town Centre, Delapré Abbey has an intriguing past for visitors to discover – from its origins as a Clunnaic nunnery, heyday as a country house following Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, and its time as the county Record Office before the recent restoration. It has witnessed key historic events including the 1460 Battle of Northampton, and as a resting place for Queen Eleanor's funeral cortege.

With interiors designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, 78Derngate has been meticulously restored and opened to the public. Commissioned by visionary patron, Northampton model maker and engineer W.J Bassett-Lowke, it is the only place in England where Mackintosh’s mature architectural and interior style can be seen in their original setting. Visitors can discover this unique work from one of the world’s most influential and celebrated architects/designers up close.


Groups can book this new ticket offer now. To begin building your combined day at Delapré Abbey and 78 Derngate contact 01604 760817 or email bookings@delapreabbey.org.

 

Press enquiries For more information contact Aimee Holmes on aimee.holmes@delapreabbey.org.

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Opening Hours

February 1st - December 22nd 2022

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Standard Admission:

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8.50

House bookings: 01604 603407

Dining Room bookings: 01604 230166

*Dining Room closed Mondays

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78 Derngate Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed house

78 & 80 Derngate

The Mackintosh-designed interior and exterior of 78 has been sensitively restored to the original 1916 scheme. The whole of 80 is completely remodelled to create a new visitor centre and exhibition space.

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The Dining Room restaurant Northampton

The Dining Room

From a coffee to a light lunch, full afternoon tea or a delicious meal - The Dining Room is sure to delight. Combine with a visit to the Mackintosh House for a fabulous day out.

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Rooms for Hire

We can offer a number of stylish and beautiful spaces for hire within our buildings - all of them designed by leading architects. Our on-site team can offer catering for your event.

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Accolades

Though 78 Derngate is but a small terraced house in the English midlands it has been the subject of much comment over the years. Its remodelling by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916 -17 created something that has fascinated people for a century.

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank
Art historian and broadcaster

"78 Derngate is dazzling."
Simon Calder

Simon Calder
Travel Editor The Independent

"78 Derngate is one of those places you have to shout about. It is a textbook example of how to do tourism."
John McAslan CBE

John McAslan CBE
Restoration Architect 78 Derngate

"An extraordinary riot of colour and pattern, mitigated by textural subtlety and attention to detail. 78 Derngate is a house of drama, richness and depth."
Eric Knowles

Eric Knowles
BBC Antiques Roadshow

"An ordinary street in an ordinary town but behind one of these front doors lies one of the most important interiors of the entire twentieth century."
The Telegraph

The Telegraph
Newspaper

"To the great museums of the world, there must now be added one other. No 78 Derngate, Northampton. Just opened, this is the most delightful museum you will ever see."
Roger Bilcliffe

Roger Bilcliffe
Noted authority on Charles Rennie Mackintosh

"A masterful reconstruction - sets the bar high for other owners of Mackintosh buildings."
Jonathan Foyle

Jonathan Foyle
Architectural historian and broadcaster

"Northampton has some architectural gems and 78 Derngate is a bright one."

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