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.

World War One in Grasmere

  • 4 August 2014 7:30-8:30pm

This informal gathering of words and music will reflect on the momentous events of a hundred years ago, and consider how they affected this small Cumbrian community. It will also look forward to the community-curated exhibition on the same subject, to be shown in the Wordsworth Museum from November 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.


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.