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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.

Designed by Philip Webb and 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.

Philip Webb centenary displays

Philip Webb architectural instruments © National Trust/SophiaSchoor-Kon

Philip Webb architectural instruments

We've put together displays about Philip Webb, the architect of Red House, designer and close friend of William Morris, to celebrate his centenary. Philip Webb is widely considered to be the father of the Arts & Crafts movement.

As well as a display of his plans of Red House you can see the tools of his trade, clues as to what he enjoyed doing in his spare time, a beautiful gift from his friend William Morris plus an object that will surprise you.


Book ahead

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.

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