The only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh



The only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh



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!

Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen & Konsthantverkarna i Örebro Län

The Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and their Swedish counterpart Konsthantverkarna i Örebro Län are holding a joint exhibition here at 78 Derngate – The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House – in Northampton.

With a membership of 35 designer-makers spanning furniture and musical instrument making to textile, glass and jewellery designers, ceramicists and weavers - to name but a few, the Guild aims to raise its profile in the context of British contemporary crafts by bringing members who generally work in isolation to promote their work collectively.

We are delighted to welcome the NGDC back to 78 Derngate and this exhibition, which is being held jointly with Swedish counterpart Konsthantverkarna i Örebro Län with whom the guild has had an association since 1996, promises to showcase a diverse array of exciting and inspirational work in many different disciplines from skilled craftspeople across both countries.

All the work is available to purchase and entry to the galleries is free, but why not combine your visit to view this wonderful range of work with a visit to our heritage house and perhaps an afternoon tea! Booking for house and tea strongly advised! There are some great ideas for Christmas gifts among the products on display and the launch event is being held on Saturday 6 th November between 1-3. The exhibition will close on Sunday 19th December.

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Opening Hours

Reopening February 1st 2022


Standard Admission:



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.

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.

Gallery Derngate Northampton

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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The Atrium



The Dining Room

The Deck

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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

"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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