Kelmscott House

Date of building: c. 1780

Kelmscott House
26 Upper Mall
W6 9TA

Making a visit

Phone: 0208 7413735

Home of the William Morris Society, Kelmscott House dates from the 1780s and is chiefly associated with the designer, poet and socialist William Morris [1834-96] who lived here from 1878 until his death. He was not the first distinguished man to live in the house - in 1816 Sir Francis Ronalds constructed the first electric telegraph in the garden and in 1867 George MacDonald, the well known writer moved in; two of his most popular childrens' books, At the Back of the North Wind [1871] and The Princess and the Goblin [1873] were written here.

Significant Inhabitants

William Morris

Opening Hours

The Society's premises are open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 14.00 to 17.00 and at other times by appointment. School groups and private tours are welcomed.

Please note that the Society's premises are in the coach house and basement. Kelmscott House itself is privately owned and not open to the public.

Entrance Fee

Free. Suggested donation of £6 per person for group visits.


Tube: Ravenscourt Park

Bus: 27, 91, 267 or 290


Period rooms yes
Museum Exhibition yes
Café no
Education program yes
Wheelchair access no
Disabled toilets yes
Baby Changing no
Public Events yes
Private Room Hire yes
Shop yes