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Iconic Arts and Crafts home of William Morris - writer, artist, craftsman and socialist
The only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance.
When it was completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as 'the beautifullest place on earth'. Only recently acquired by the Trust, the rooms at Red House give a unique view of William Morris’ earliest designs and decorative schemes.
The original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, the bold architecture and a garden designed to 'clothe the house', add up to a fascinating and rewarding place to visit.
Red House weather
Book ahead to avoid disappointment
We offer two ways to visit Red House so we hope to suit everyone.
In the morning entry is by guided tour only and tours run every half hour between 11am and 1pm. We can only take 12 people at a time so you are strongly advised to book on 020 8304 9878 (Tues-Sat 9.30am-1.30pm).
From 1.30pm you can only visit unguided and there is no need to book.
An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree at Red House and our list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ will set you on your own adventure here. Hunt for bugs or make a daisy chain, explore inside a tree or catch a falling leaf.
Just ask the team at reception when you arrive.