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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'. Acquired by the Trust only 10 years ago, the rooms at Red House give a unique view of William Morris’ earliest designs and decorative schemes. Its secrets are slowly being revealed, conservation work in 2013 uncovered an unknown Pre-Raphaelite wall painting and a very early Morris repeating floral pattern.
These 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.
Pre-Raphaelite wall painting uncovered
A remarkable wall painting has been discovered in the bedroom at Red House.
Major conservation work has uncovered an entire wall painting which experts believe is by William Morris and friends, all of whom were important Pre-Raphaelite artists. You can visit the wall painting as part of your visit to Red House.
We offer two ways to visit Red House so we hope to suit everyone's needs.
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.