Red House

Red House, Bexleyheath: Hours, Address, Red House Reviews: 4/5

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Bexleyheath, UK23 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Not enough original furniture. The guides are pretty good though as is the garden. We are Art Fund pass holders so we got in free because of this but it's expensive if you're not a National Trust member it's a bit of a rip off.

There's a nice second hand bookshop there too, ditto a cafe.
Written August 6, 2021
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Moira M
Orpington, UK9 contributions
Apr 2022
You need to book this visit / tour but it is so worth while. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Apart from the house being very interesting with lots of ordinal works of William Morris the garden is very pretty.
Written April 24, 2022
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
Oct 2019
Got my train from London Bridge to BexleyHeath , Then waked 12 mins approx to Red House ..
As i entered the street it`s a bit strange as one side of the road is present modern bungalows and on the other is Red House , I was met by three lovely ladies at the reception who were so kind and very nice .
The house itself is a lovely , nothing fancy but the person who made it was William Morris , Poet & Founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement . National Trust , £8:40 per adult to get in (Oct 2019 prices) .
Morris lived with his wife Janey for 5 yrs in 1860 , You will see how he experimented with patterns & colours & designs in each room and see how the Trust has brilliantly peeled back years of layers to see some original drawing & paintings on the walls .
I had a guided tour with a Great tour guide called Tony which is free ,He brought the house alive as he told Morris story of the years he was at Red House , He was so knowledgeable,the tour lasted approx 45 mins and they run from 11am every half a hour until 1 pm After 1 pm you can then go round on your own if you wish .Go on them cos they will tell you a lot about the house & Morris and the architect Phillip Webb , Also his wife Janey handy work and Burne Jones stained Glass windows . In each room not much furniture , What furniture that is there is original, but as i was told this house is still a On Going project .
Went to have a cuppa and a slice of coffee cake in the cafe , The two staff ladies were great and so kind , Toilets are situated close to reception ..
In the house next to the exit is a small exhibition room with artifacts and a time line about Morris and Red House ..The garden surrounding the property was well kept and look out for a apple tree that was planted back in 1860 , Sleightly worn but still there .
A lovely day out and well worth see this little bit of history ..
Written October 20, 2019
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London, UK22 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Came to visit the Red House as we were in the area.
Positive points: Small house, but has character- although quite empty inside with few furnitures. The art work on the wall and ceiling were pretty and interesting. The NT tour guides upstairs ( Heather S, Terry, and Dharshan) were very friendly and approachable. Dharshan was very knowledgeable, gave us very informative information about the house, history of the family, and the art work. The staff in the kitchen, second book store, reception were also friendly. The garden is pretty and well kept.
Negative points: the female staff at the downstairs rooms, lobby -name is Heather- was very rude to us, used a very negative voice tone with us and did not give us a tour downstairs. No other reason than that she did not appear to like foreign visitors! She only approached the White visitors. I have never experienced such terrible discrimination from a NT staff. NT have many visitors who are foreign, if she has this attitude, she should not work with NT and especially as the main person to receive guests!! She has ruined our visit if it had not been for the wonderful staff upstairs and in the book store. The food at cafe is quite expensive for what it is.
Overall, as a member of NT for years, and have visited many places in the country- this is one place I would not return due to bad experience, and hesitate to recommend.
Written August 24, 2017
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Robert H
London, United Kingdom51 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Let's be honest - this is a rather plain, spartan and somewhat ugly Victorian suburban home. It's not very big, it's virtually empty inside, and it has almost no original decoration or furniture. The wallpaper dates all the way back to... the 1970s, when the previous owners installed reproduction prints from Sandersons. As a museum the displays are lacklustre and don't tell you very much.

On the plus side, the gardens are nice if you like that sort of thing, and the staff are friendly and informative. But really unless you're on a William Morris pilgrimage, there's little to interest the uninitiated visitor.
Written July 23, 2017
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Lynne Y
Godstone, UK1 contribution
Jun 2012 • Friends
Nice looking house and garden but nothing much to see or learn about William Morris.
Cost £8 and we were in and out within half an hour. Very limited choice of food at cafe as well.
Written June 28, 2012
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York, UK549 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Have read quite a bit about this house. Adore Morris. On a visit to friends in central London made quite an effort and cost to get there. As Artfund member I got free entry. Gardens are so well tended. Beautiful sumptuous even. The house, well the house. On nearly every floor board there seems a self appointed and anointed expert. Very little scanty written info. The place is shabby, on the floor battered old cheap killim rugs. Some sort of copy Morris wallpaper and some ugly cumbersome fitted cupboards. So looking uncared for apart from endless pontification droning on and on in the background. Addressing anyone who stood still for a second. I would definitely not have paid any entry fee. Gardens are superb and there were quite a few gardeners working so hard too. I also went for something in the cafe. Service was long and cumbersome. All pastry was " gluten" free, almost like one six shoe fits all. Sort of gives you no choice!! Never seen or heard of that one before. This is run by NT. Not the Artfund. Even I have to say from outside you would hardly believe Morris lived here. Us prepossessing and stunted looking. Inside almost looks like a very missed practise shot. His childhood home in Walthamstow is ab superb. No entry fee and amazing gardens and cafe too. Go there instead. You feel the lovely William there.
Written August 24, 2017
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London, UK361 contributions
Nov 2016
I'd never been to Red House, although I love Arts and Crafts art and furniture and William Morris as well as Philip Webb. I'd always wanted to take my mother who is an even bigger fan, but had been put off by the National Trust website that tells you the nearest car park is a long way away and the station is a long walk. So I was testing my luck when I decided to drive there. Guess what, at weekends you can park in the street right outside (and if you're in an electric car, you're not emitting any carbon dioxide anyway.)

The house itself is amazing, almost deserted when were there in the gloaming, and full of very well informed guides. The Trust's new way of telling stories about properties works brilliantly there, and the building itself is marvellous. Somehow it seems even better because it has hardly any furniture. As the light went down, we began to feel like we were the only people in the whole house – like we lived there. Sadly the cafe was closed by the time we finished, but the garden was utterly magical, even at this deadest of seasons. Go.
Written December 7, 2016
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Sidcup, UK312 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
After visiting Danson House I was looking forward to visiting another local attraction in the area. However I felt the rooms were a bit bare and the tour around did not last as long as expected. Lovely grounds however and they regularly hold events over the holidays for families which is great.
Written May 19, 2016
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Vivienne D
Cape Town Central, South Africa18 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
The National Trust present the Red House well but it is about the house architecture more than William Morris. The Staff presented the rooms well but the William Morris furniture is very spare with no wonderful soft furnishings, fabrics etc.

The small gift shop missed a trick. Not a set of gift cards showing the wallpaper/fabric design in sight.

The tea ship was fine but we were served 4 mugs of tea rather than a pot of tea.

It was £8.20 each with no concessions during London Open House weekend The weekend prior showed free entry for Heritage Day which seemed curious timing wise.

All in all not great but OK. Interesting but not enthralling.
Written September 22, 2015
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