Open : 1st Feb - 17th Dec
Closed : Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
Hours : 10am - 5pm
Standard admission: £7.50
House bookings:
+44 (0)1604 603407
Restaurant bookings:
+44 (0)1604 230166

Full visiting

Your visit to 78 Derngate

78 Derngate, the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is set in the heart of Northampton. This county town has a rich heritage spanning 800 years and there is much to engage visitors around the town and in the wider county of Northamptonshire.

On this page you can find details of dates, times, costs and the options for getting the most from your visit.

2017 opening details
Dates open
Wednesday 1st February until Sunday 17th December.

Days and times
Tuesday to Sunday [ & Bank Holiday Mondays ]
10am - 5pm.
Last entry to the Mackintosh house is at 4pm.

NB: The Dining Room Restaurant is closed on Bank Holiday Mondays.

To get the most from your visit to the Mackintosh house we recommend that you join one of our regular guided tours. Conducted by one of our team of trained and experienced volunteer guides, our visitors frequently comment that the guided tour was the standout feature of their visit. Tours leave daily from main reception at:

10.30 am
12.00 noon
1.30 pm
3.00 pm

Tours last approximately 75 minutes and include an introductory video presentation telling the story of how 78 Derngate was restored to its 1916 condition as designed by Mackintosh.
There is no extra cost if you take a tour.

Please note that tours are subject to availability and can fill up. If possible, please call ahead to check availability and pre-book your tour.
Telephone +44 (0)1604 603407 to discuss a tour booking.

Can I bring my group to visit 78 Derngate?
Yes. We can offer a special group admission rate for groups of 15+ visitors [ see above ].
Smaller daytime groups are charged at the standard rate.
Please book at least 10 working days ahead of your planned group visit [ we need time to organise volunteer guides and make other necessary arrangements ].

Evening group tours of the Mackintosh house can be arranged throughout the year for 15+ visitors. An evening visit offers a private viewing of 78 Derngate and can be combined with a drinks reception. For a truly special evening, why not add a full meal too.

For all group visits you will need to download, complete and return a group booking form and deposit.

We're located very close to the centre of Northampton, close to Northampton Museum and The Royal & Derngate Theatre. There is a general, zoomable location map at the foot of this page.

Your journey - map
Full location information for public transport locations and driving directions to car parks can be found on our contact map. Click on the map marker pins to display detailed information.

Your journey - driving
Our postcode is NN1 1UH.
From the South - M1 Junction 15 or A43
From the North - M1 Junction 16 or A14/A43
From the East - A45
From the West - A45/A4500
Follow signs for 'Town Centre' & 'Royal & Derngate Theatre'.

There is no parking available on-site at 78 Derngate though pick up and drop off from the street nearby is possible for visitors with limited mobility.
The nearest car park is at Hazelwood Road, postcode NN1 1LG - 5 mins walk.
The other nearby car park is St Johns - multi storey, postcode NN1 1HA which is 10 mins walk. Current car park charge information can be found on the Northampton Borough Council website.

Full location information and driving directions to car parks can be found on our contact map. Click on the map marker pins to display detailed information.

Food and drink
From a coffee to a light lunch, full afternoon tea or a delicious meal - The Dining Room, our boutique restaurant is sure to delight.

See our programme of inspirational exhibitions - always something unusual to see, discuss or purchase.

A wide range of contemporary craft, design and artwork is on sale alongside a great selection of Mackintosh-inspired gifts and items exclusive to 78 Derngate.
Visit our online shop here.

Entry to our visitors centre with galleries, shop and The Dining Room Restaurant is free of charge.

Entry to the Mackintosh house
Adult: £7.50
Family: £18.50
[ 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children ]

Children: [ 5-18 ] £4
Students: [ 18+ ]* £5

Daytime Group: [ 15+ ] - £6.25 per person
Evening Group: [ 15+ ] -  £7.50 per person
School Parties: £4 per student
Friends of 78 Derngate*: free of charge
Carers: free of charge

15% discount [ pay £6.25 ] for:
Individual Members of English Heritage*.
Telegraph Subscribers*.
Members of The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society*.

* Valid and current cards must be shown to receive discounted rates.

Offers may not be combined.

Do I have to take a tour?
No, it's not compulsory! If you prefer to self-guide and go at your own pace then you will find some explanatory materials in each room of the Mackintosh House to inform your visit. You can also purchase our excellent souvenir guide book for a more detailed and scholarly level of information. Self-guiding visitors are not limited as to entry time but to avoid busy periods may wish to call ahead and check anticipated visitor numbers around their proposed arrival time; this can help avoid delays when large tour parties are visiting the house.

The adjoining museum display inside number 80 Derngate further explains the wider story of 78 Derngate for both touring and self-guiding visitors.

Educational visits
School and student groups can book daytime or evening tours.
We have an Educational Resource Pack available for teachers.
Please visit the 'Education' page on this website for full information.

Our buildings offer partial accessibility for visitors with mobility impairment.
Three adjacent listed Georgian town houses have been adapted as far as is possible to enable access. As with many historic properties, there are, however, some limitations.
General information and advice for visitors with accessibility requirements is available on the Accessibility page.

Your journey - public transport
Northampton Railway Station
Trains from London Euston (1 hour) and Birmingham (1 hour) stop here. This location is a twenty minute walk, via gentle upward inclines, to 78 Derngate. Taxis are available at the station. Ask for "The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House - 78 Derngate, on the corner of Derngate and Victoria Promenade by Becket's Park".

Northgate Bus Station
Buses into Northampton stop here or on-street in The Drapery (adjacent). This location is a fifteen minute walk to 78 Derngate. Gentle downhill slopes en-route.

Becket's Park Cycle CoNNect Station
Public Cycle hire station. A useful option for getting around Northampton and beating the traffic. This location is a five minute walk from 78 Derngate.
For current real-time bike availability, other stations and details of the scheme see the scheme website.

Full location information for public transport locations and routes to 78 Derngate can be found on our contact map. Click on the map marker pins to display detailed information.

Visitors to the Mackintosh house are asked to wear supplied disposable overshoes whilst inside; this is to protect the floor coverings. Stilletto-heeled shoes must be removed. We also ask that objects and surfaces are not touched or leant against. Bulky bags can be securely stowed at reception.

Book now?

Call +44 (0)1604 603407 to book your tour or +44 (0)1604 230166 for a Restaurant booking.

Take a look around now before your visit?
This way to our Virtual Tour.
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Get social with 78 Derngate

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78 Derngate is located at the end of Derngate. Walk away from the town centre past The Royal and Derngate theatres and towards Beckett's Park.
The map below can be panned and zoomed to aid navigation. For details of car parking, public transport, walking and driving directions use mouse wheel or controls top left to zoom out / display more detail. The map can be repositioned by dragging. Click / tap coloured elements for travel and parking information.

Planning ahead? 2018 opening details
Dates: open Thursday 1st February until Sunday 16th December.
Days and times: Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 5pm. Last entry to the Mackintosh house is at 4pm.