Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery

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

Website

www.wordsworth.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

Telephone

015394 35544

Fax

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 March – 31 October 2014
Open daily, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Last admission 4.30pm

1 November 2014 – 28 February 2015
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

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.

Grasmere and the Great War

  • 15 November 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

The exhibition explores Grasmere’s contribution to the First World War, both on the home front and in the trenches. At home in Grasmere, tourists still visited the village in great numbers almost as if there was no war on, whilst in the thick of the fighting, twenty four Grasmere men and one woman were killed and many more were wounded.

The exhibition focuses on the individual stories of Grasmere people who contributed to the war effort, providing a fascinating insight into the reality of Grasmere during the Great War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/11/15/grasmere-and-the-great-war.html

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.

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