Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

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, whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the house, restored to how it was in 1808 and containing Wordsworth's own possessions.

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. Discover his amazing life and the events that shaped his thoughts and poetry.

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.

This is the only place in the world where Wordsworth's work and possessions can be experienced in the place where they were created and used. 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, Gallery, Association or society, Festivals, Heritage site, Library, Archive

Opening hours

1 November 2014 – 28 February 2015
Open daily, 9.30am – 4.30pm

1 March – 31 October 2015
Open daily, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Last admission 4.30pm

1 November 2015 – 28 February 2016
Open daily, 9.30am – 4.30pm

There will be no access to Dove Cottage on Tuesdays during December and February but the Museum and Shop will remain open.

Closed 24–26 December and for four weeks during January (dates TBC).
Last admission 4pm

Admission charges

Adult: £7.75
Students: £6.75 (on production of valid student card)
Child: £4.50 (under-6 go free)
Family: (1 or 2 adults and 1-3 children) £17.20
Patrons and Friends: free
National Art Pass: free

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

The car park for Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum are located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District. Look for the big blue sign just south of the Grasmere mini-roundabout.

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
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.

Creator

  • Martin, Nancy

Publisher

  • Wordsworth Trust

How to obtain

Contact Nancy Martin - email: n.martin@wordsworth.org.uk, phone: 015394 35544.

Getting there

The car park for Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum are located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District. Look for the big blue sign just south of the Grasmere mini-roundabout.

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum
Dove Cottage
Town End
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9SH
England

Website

www.wordsworth.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

Telephone

015394 35544

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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