Hawkshead Grammar School Museum

The museum in the Old Grammar School building in the village of Hawkshead, Cumbria, houses a unique collection of historic artifacts relating to the ancient School, some of which date back to the sixteenth century.

The museum operates a guided tour which brings the School to life. You can feel the atmosphere and almost believe you are in a working schoolroom of 200 years ago:

• Discover how a grammar school worked in the 1600’s
• See the original desks in the school room
• See the Charter signed by Queen Elizabeth I and the silver
• Find out why the boys drank beer and smoked at school
• Understand why the masters allowed them to carve their names
on the desks
• See William Wordsworth’s own carvings amongst those of
other pupils
• Learn about Wordsworth’s time at the school

Venue Type:


Opening hours

1st April to 31st September:
Monday to Saturday, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
Sunday, 13:00-17:00

1st to 31st October:
Monday to Saturday, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-15:30
Sunday, 13:00-15:30

Closed November to March

Admission charges

Admission is £2 with discounts for groups of over 12.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Literature, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • original charter from Elizabeth I
  • silver seal
  • original 16th century desks
  • antiquarian library

Hawkshead Grammar School Museum
Hawkshead Grammar School
LA22 0NT




David Shaw, Clerk



David Warren, Caretaker

015394 36735

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