78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is hailed as a multi-award-winning attraction. A trip here offers an unforgettable day out in Northampton, England. The house is a typical early nineteenth century brick terrace, built between 1815-1820, and consisting of a basement, kitchen, offices that open directly into the garden area, two ground floor rooms, two floors with two bedrooms each, and an attic room with a dormer window (which was a structural add-on). You'll also find a small courtyard behind the home, with a well and an outside toilet.
About the design
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous Scottish architect, remodeled 78 Derngate in 1916. 78 Derngate is the only example of Mackintosh's work outside of Scotland, and his unique architectural style and vision shines through. 78 Derngate was his final major commission. His use of lines, symmetry, vibrant color, and light are very distinct, so don't miss the rare opportunity to see some of his original work. 78 Derngate is not only famed for its Charles Rennie Mackintosh design, but also for its use as an elegant and special venue. Guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy an afternoon tea, fabulous dining, stylish shopping, and inspirational art exhibitions throughout their visit. 78 Derngate also has facilities that can be reserved for meetings, events, and private functions.
Touring the historic home
Visitors have the option to take a guided tour of the home at no additional cost to gain even more insight into the architectural mastery of Mackintosh and the overall history of this special Georgian structure. Conducted by trained and experienced guides, the guided tour is recommended and frequently endorsed as a positive experience by past visitors. Tours leave daily from main reception and last approximately 75 minutes. This magnificent tour includes a formal introduction to the home as well as an informative video presentation. You can also take self-guided tours and read information posted within each room as you explore the house.
Group visits are welcome
78 Derngate offers a special group admission rate for groups of 15 or more visitors, if you're able to book the required 10 working days ahead of your visit. In addition to daily group tours, the house also offers evening group tours, which can be arranged throughout the year for 15 or more visitors. Evening visits offer a very special private viewing of the home and can be combined with a cocktail reception and dinner.
Don't miss out
There are some buildings to which a mere visit can take guests on a magical journey back in time—and 78 Derngate in Northampton's cultural quarter is certainly one of them. A tour of this majestic home is one guests will certainly remember in fondness for several years.