Visit William Wordsworth’s Home in Cumbria

Step into another century as you experience William Wordsworth’s life at Dove Cottage. Wordsworth and his family lived in this humble Lake District cottage from 1799 to 1808. Today, Dove Cottage has been brought back to life and the sights, sounds and smells evoke memories of over 200 years ago. Little moments taken from the Wordsworths’ poems, journals and letters have been recreated, telling the story of their life here. In this time of ‘plain living and high thinking’, the everyday mixed with the extraordinary. It was whilst living here, amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life, that Wordsworth wrote many of his greatest poems and his sister Dorothy kept her fascinating Grasmere journal.

What are the opening times for William Wordswoth's home?

The museum/house is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10:00 to 16:00. Unfortunately it is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Head on down and check it out!

The Garden-Orchard behind Dove Cottage has been restored to resemble the ‘domestic slip of mountain’ that William and Dorothy lovingly created. Wordsworth described this humble fell-side garden as ‘the loveliest spot man hath ever found’ and the feelings of joy, solace and inspiration it provided can still be felt in this special place. Whether you encounter bluebells in spring or snowdrops in winter, the Garden-Orchard is stunning in all seasons. The Woodland is a wild space where you can play, explore and notice the little details in Nature that we might usually miss.

  • Adults – £12.00
  • Students – £8.50
  • Seniors – £8.50
  • Children (Under 16) – £5.00
  • Children (Under 5) – FREE
  • Familys – £32.00


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