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“tour too long”
Review of 78 Derngate

78 Derngate
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Northampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton. Designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, the house 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. Please note: To post a review for The Dining Room Restaurant ( a separate business ) you should search for their separate TripAdvisor page. Thankyou!
Northampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“tour too long”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

The tour guide was unable to be succinct and told anecdote after anecdote. He also expressed his personal and political opinions rather to freely. Much better to let the rooms speak for themselves.

Sorry to be rude but some people need to be told when to shut up.

Excellent tea rooms.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Jill H
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English first
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105 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Excellent example of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in England”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Easy to find in the centre of Northampton a short walk from a large car park this little property is well worth a visit. We timed our arrival so we could eat lunch in the excellent Dining room. Be warned, the Dining room is very small so arrive early (12ish) or book a table. The food is excellent but does take a while to arrive (small kitchen with only 1 cook). We had booked a guided tour to get the full experience. This doesn't cost any more but you are guided by an expert who gives you loads of information you would otherwise miss. The building wasn't designed by Mackintosh it was re modelled so is different from the Scottish buildings. Although the house is small and RCM only designed 2 interior rooms they have WOW factor so if you are in the area and love RCM definitely give your self a treat!

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Garforthsoulmates
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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Migraine -inducing hallway”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

But once past that it is fascinating - you don't often see an ordinary house as "made over" by a famous architect. Cafe has delicious food and there is a great exhibition as well

Thank nicmx5
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Full filled all my expectations and more”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

Great afternoon out, especially if you like the work of Charles rennie Macintosh and the style of that period. this house is a a treasure that northampton should promote more in my opinion to our American cousins.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank jules3158
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Art Deco Masterpiece”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

Well worth a visit. Lovingly restored example of Rennie Mackintosh work (only oneoutside Scotland). It also gives an insight into one of the important characters in Northampton's history. A little research can lead you on a fascinating trail that will take in St Matthews Church with its art works, the university campus at St Georges Avenue (fund raising led by Basset-Lowke), the Park Campus with some superb examples of Bassett-Lowkes model making skills in the Library entrance and even a glimpse of on the first Bauhouse homes erected in England (You need to search for this). Who says Northampton is boring.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank daithelife
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