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Red House, Bexleyheath

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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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  • and other crafts. Zany William Morris virtually created the modern arts and crafts movement as well as modern wallpaper design principles. The house he designed reflects his philosophy and lifestyle. ...  more »
  • Me and my wife visited the red house for the first time today. We had a 10 minute talk in the house and a garden tour. Both were given by the same very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. We particu...  more »
  • Home to William Morris for just 5 years, the house, whilst mainly unfurnished, is now home to a collection of exhibits from his life and work. Guided tours are available but on my Saturday afternoon v...  more »
  • Fantastic place to spend the afternoon. We had a tour around the house itself and then were left to our own devices to explore the amazing gardens. Plenty of space to have a picnic and with garden games on hand there's plenty to keep you entertained outdoors and in.
  • Absolutely a delightful place to visit, nice food and cakes. Not a large restaurant but quite small. The house I love so different from the rest I have seen at The National Trust places. The Garden is so pretty and Beautiful. Flower arrangements were lovely in the house.
  • What a magical magical place to be . I'm going to be dreaming of this house . From the moment we saw the house from the driveway my dream house. On entering the house it felt like being cuddled. The staff made us and everyone who entered feel very comfortable and give us a chance with a we would like more information or just to browse . My partner and I jumped at the chance to learn some more about this post it will soon be in all my dreams . Downstairs was beautiful but upstairs was spectacular if you get the chance speak to the lady on the top floor of the LED light I think her name is Kathleen or Katherine . Her passion is second to none wonderful day the Red House . I am pleased we joined the National Trust as I'm sure we will be back many many times.
  • A beautiful place that gives you fantastic insights into the world of two great names in design and architecture from the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement - Philip Webb and William Morris. The wall designs and furniture that was designed by the architect specifically for the house are amazing. And the insights into the lives of the Morris family when they lived here in the 1860s being the house to life. A must-see.
  • Nice house with wonderful gardens and an outrageously expensive cafe with prices at least 50% higher than other National Trust locations...

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