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!

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The University of Northampton's Architecture & Product Design Exhibition @ 78

Rethinking Northampton - Interior Architecture and Spatial Design

UoN and 78 Derngate are pleased to present  an exhibition of work created by students on the BA Interior Architecture and Spatial

Design course. The course focuses on developing professional design skills that creatively solve three dimensional and spatial problems. Based in studio environments students undertake projects informed by historical and contemporary design, current trends, social contexts and the relationships of other Art and Design disciplines to Interior Design, Architecture and Spatial Design. The work on display in this exhibition has been produced by our first and second year students. All design briefs have focused on the repurposing and/or regeneration of buildings and sites located in Northampton.

Innovating with Northampton’s Industry - BA & BSc Product Design

The UoN and 78 Derngate are also pleased to present a showcase of the work created by students on the BA & BSc Product Design course.

Product Design challenges ideas of functionality, aesthetics, materials,sustainability, social contexts and ethics so that students can design products that work and make a difference to society. This mindset will be put into practice with industry projects and contemporary technologies. Collaborative working is a recurrent aspect of design, as the development of a new product invariably involves participating in multi-disciplinary team. Students are encouraged to engage in 'live-client’ projects with local businesses, international companies and charities such as Sue Ryder Care.

The work on display in this exhibition has been produced by second year students and include a Bluetooth enabled speaker and a flat-pack plywood ‘Balance Bike’ suitable for computer-aided-manufacture (CAM) and home assembly. All projects incorporate a strong graphic identity and product branding.

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Opening Hours

February 1st - December 22nd 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.

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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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Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual wander through our buildings or use the buttons to jump to specific places.
The view can be panned and zoomed using your pointer and the on-screen controls.



The Atrium



The Dining Room

The Deck

Visitor Information

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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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