Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

Cockermouth, Cumbria

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s. There are daily ten-minute talks, poetry readings, children's trails and tastings of recipes the Wordsworths' servants might have prepared. During school holidays, there is also a full programme of family activities.

Make yourself at home in the hands-on rooms - including an amazing working Georgian kitchen - help the servants with their chores, listen to their tales of life with the family, and learn the fascinating story of the house and garden. It was this garden, and the unspoiled surrounding countryside, which helped spark the love of nature that continued through his life and inspired so many of his poems.

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