Discover the life and times of William Wordsworth

Ambleside, Cumbria

Take a literary tour of the homes of one of England’s great romantic poets.

A visit to William Wordsworth's childhood home in Cockermouth, Wordsworth House and Garden, is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Make yourself at home in the hands-on rooms; listen to tales of life with the family and discover the fascinating story of the house and gardens.

Then step into Dove Cottage in Grasmere and discover where the romantic poet wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language.

Enjoy a stroll in the cottage garden, a place of refuge, meditation and inspiration. It was, wrote Wordsworth, ‘the work of our own hands’. Here they planted flowers, read, talked and wrote poetry.

Next to Dove Cottage is the Wordsworth Museum and Jerwood Centre, where you'll discover Wordsworth's manuscripts, books and paintings.

While you’re wandering around, why not pay a visit to another of his homes, Rydal Mount in Ambleside - a corner of Cumbrian beauty and Wordsworth’s family home from 1813 to his death in 1850.

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Dove Cottage, CumbriaDove Cottage © Wordsworth Trust
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Jerwood CentreJerwood Centre © Wordsworth Trust

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