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Red House, Bexleyheath

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3.8/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Iconic home of William Morris - writer, artist 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.
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  • I visited many years ago when the National Trust first took over The Red House, far from improving and displaying its assets .. it was a disappointment. The house is 9nteresting, but the contents seem...  read more »
  • the house is very interesting and in a lot of places you can see the actual work of art of Morris on the walls but if you are not so well into the details of the house in the first place it's not for ...  read more »
  • Anyone with an interest in the Arts & Crafts movement should visit this landmark home of William Morris. It is an architectural gem that purely depicts the simplicity of form and original Gothic style...  read more »
  • Interesting indeed as a building but little by way of furniture, other household items or memorabilia. Very much 'work in progress' I felt. The guide was good and helped to trigger the imagination required to fill in the visual gaps. 'Enjoyed the outdoor experience more. As a member I entered free but would have felt a little hard done by otherwise. I'm sure the NT have further plans.
  • I went here because I am a huge fan of Morris. The Red House is an amaising building and the guided tour was fantastic. The guide was so enthusiastic and really gave you a sense of what it would have been like to have been a guest of Jane and William's back in the 1860s.
  • - Tranquil place with iconic architecture. - Parking can be difficult due to yellow lines - Danson park is just down the road
  • Went there by train which was an exkursion. Quite a bit to walk from the station. The Red House and garden was nice. The house was empty of furniture... Took the guided tour which I recommend. Not many items in the shop 😔. The café was splendid! Had a cup of Tea and a Victorian sponge cake. 😜 I am interested in arts and crafts so overall I was a little disapointed of the day. I was recomended to visit the Morris gallery- which I will next time I come to London. 👍 // from Sweden
  • Historically important, impressive brownish house in tepid gardens...nice scarecrow though.
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