Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery

Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery
Town End
LA22 9SH




015394 35544


015394 35748

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Dove Cottage, the family home of William Wordsworth
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Visit the traditional Lakeland cottage and home of the poet William Wordsworth, who in 1799 went on a walking tour of the Lake District and fell in love with Grasmere and Dove Cottage, and within a few months had set up home here with his sister, Dorothy.

Whilst living in this inspirational setting Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems and Dorothy wrote her famous Grasmere Journals.

Step into Dove Cottage and hear about the Wordsworths' daily life and their many famous visitors, on a fascinating guided tour.

Take a stroll in the delightful fellside cottage garden that Wordsworth created.

Explore the museum and discover the greatest collection of the Wordsworths’ original letters, journals and poems in the world.

There are also exhibitions and events throughout the year, including family activities in the school holidays.

Round off your visit with a browse in our shop and afternoon tea in the tearoom.

A must-see all-weather attraction for all Lake District visitors - we look forward to welcoming you here soon!

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open daily 9.30am - 5.30pm, March - October.
Last admission is at 5pm. The museum and cottage both close at 5.30pm.

During the winter (November-February), open daily 9.30am - 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm.

Closed 25-26 December and from 6th January 2013 - 1 February 2013

Admission charges

Adult ticket: £7.50
Child ticket: £4.50 (under 6 free)
Family ticket, 1 or 2 adults + 1-3 children: £17.20

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections held at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are founded on the papers, books and personalia which Wordsworth bequeathed to his family. Through this material, and subsequent collecting, the museum covers not only the lives and works of Wordsworth and his circle, but the wider phenomenon of British Romanticism, and the role of the Lake District in inspiring writers and artists of the Romantic Movement.

Aside from its outstanding manuscript and portrait collections, the museum holds important paintings, prints and drawings of the Lake District. Among these is Joseph Wright of Derby's painting of Ullswater, David Cox's 'Morecambe Bay Sands', and drawings by Joseph Farington.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Girl in the wood

Wild Walks on Wednesday

  • 3 September 2014 2-3pm

Explore the area around Dove Cottage with our education team as we learn about the wild landscape of the Lake District and get creative in response!

Ideal for families.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free event, normal admission charges apply.


Dove Cottage

Wordsworth Walk

  • 9 September 2014 10am-1pm

This event will combine a three-mile walk through 'Wordsworth Country' with an introduction to the poet's life and site-specific readings of his poetry. The walk will take about three hours, and it will be led by either Professor Simon Bainbridge or Professor Sally Bushell, both of whom are internationally renowned Wordworth experts based at Lancaster University.This walk will leave from Stock Lane car park, Grasmere and is a low-level walk, but please come equipped with appropriate footwear (ideally walking boots), waterproofs and refreshements.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10.00 per adult, £5.00 for under-16s and students.


photograph of bird on barbed wire

Mark Cocker on the Natural World

  • 20 September 2014 7-9pm

Mark Cocker, one of the leading figures in the resurgence of contemporary nature writing, will discuss a hugely acclaimed survey of the cultural importance of birds worldwide and explore how other species are essential to our sense of genuine well-being and to our feelings of rootedness.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


£7.00 per person, normal admission charges apply.



Wildlife Walk with Mark Cocker

  • 20 September 2014 11:15am-1:15pm

Celebrated ornithologist and nature writer Mark Cocker will lead a short walk in search of plants, flowers, insects, spiders and birds.

We will reflect on place, landscape and the environment, paying particular attention to those living things we normally overlook.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply.


Girl painting a plate

Let Nature Be Your Teacher: Nature Weekend

  • 20 September 2014 10:30am-9pm
  • 21 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

These family-friendly events and activities run over the course of a weekend.

On Saturday 20 September take part in animal origami, a nature walk, calligraphy, poetry writing and watch a film.

On Sunday 21 September have a go at making seed bombs, make a journal and take part in a photography workshop!

Please see the website for activity times and prices.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Small charge applies for some activities. Normal admission charges apply.


photograph of wood

What is Ecological Art?

  • 21 September 2014 10:30-11:30am

Humans have had a long history of inaccurate and destructive relations with non-humans, a 10,000-year disaster in the making that has culminated in global warming and mass extinction.

Timothy Morton, ecological critic and Professor at Rice University, Texas, and author of the groundbreaking Ecology without Nature, will explore how art recognises this but can also help, in a direct experiential way, to reawaken the caring bond between humans and non-humans.

Taking place at the Jerwood Centre.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


£5.00 per person.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Introducing Wordsworth

Classic poems for literary teaching a Key stage 2. Teacher’s pack of material for use in the classroom.


  • Martin, Nancy


  • Wordsworth Trust

How to obtain

Contact Nancy Martin - email:, phone: 015394 35544.