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

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


  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District.

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Cruikshank, Isaac - The Martyr of Equality - London S.W. Fores, London, 12 February 1793

Wordsworth, War and Waterloo

  • 16 March — 1 November 2015 *on now

This exhibition will explore the relationship between the Romantic authors and the figure of Napoleon, whose career was a focal point for literature and debate during three decades of Wordsworth’s life. It will trace the development of Wordsworth’s attitude from republican to patriot, his commentary on the Peninsular War and his response to the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult - £7.75
Student - £6.75
Child - £4.50
Family - £17.20
Discounted rates available for groups of 10 people or more.

To book, please call 015394 35544 or email


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.

Sailors' Tales

  • 15 — 16 May 2015 7:30-9pm

Join us in Dove Cottage for an evening of music and poetry inspired by the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, with refreshments.


£15.00 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.

Getting there

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District.