We are a multi-award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton.
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!
Take an evening guided tour of the house - which is partially dressed for Christmas - followed by a browse through the Oxfordshire Craft Guild & Mel Beacroft exhibitions and a mooch in the shop before picking up a paintbrush and channelling your inner creativity as you commit paint to canvas whilst sipping on your drink! All materials, tour and drinks included in the cost. All and everyone welcome; no experience needed! Cost of ticket - £30 with Prosecco; £25 for soft drink option. Bookings online only
We are delighted to be hosting a group of designer makers from The Oxfordshire Craft Guild in our galleries at 78 Derngate – The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House – from October 14th to Friday 22nd December. Exhibiting a wide range of diverse styles, techniques and materials, the group has created a fantastic display which works extremely well across our extended gallery spaces. The OCG provides a focus for quality craftsmanship in Oxfordshire and nearby. Membership is open to makers of proven ability in a wide range of crafts. They make and sell unique pieces which are both beautiful and useful, encouraging innovation and the development of the members’ creative skills. Ideas are shared and the guild works in partnership with artists and other organisations across Oxfordshire and beyond.
All work is for sale – ideal for unique and unusual gifts… and entry to the exhibition is free, but why not combine a visit to the house, gardens and shop whilst you’re here checking out the Guild’s wonderful work!
Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming Stuart Ratcliffe from BBC Look East to 78 Derngate. Stuart spent the afternoon talking to Liz and Les about the history of 78 Derngate, its importance to our local heritage and history and the exciting extension developments! You can read the online version of our segment by clicking the button here, and catch up on iPlayer to see the footage which was on at 6:30pm Tuesday 7th February.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dining Room
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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.
Art historian and broadcaster
"78 Derngate is dazzling."
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
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."
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."
"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."
Noted authority on Charles Rennie Mackintosh
"A masterful reconstruction - sets the bar high for other owners of Mackintosh buildings."
Architectural historian and broadcaster
"Northampton has some architectural gems and 78 Derngate is a bright one."