John Milton's Cottage

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Milton's Cottage is the only extant home of John Milton, the great English poet and parliamentarian, in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire. It was in this grade 1 listed 16th century cottage, described by Thomas Ellwood as "that pretty box in Giles, Chalfont", that Milton completed Paradise Lost, and the idea of Paradise Regained was put to him.

The four ground floor museum rooms contain the most extensive collection in the world on open display of 17th Century first editions of John Milton's works, both poetry and prose. Hear of the extraordinary career of this blind genius vividly described in his refuge from the plague where he wrote some of the finest poetry and feel the ambience of the setting. The thoughts of John Milton and the diverse nature of his published works are the evidence that demonstrates why he leaves such an enduring legacy.

Stroll around the well-stocked cottage garden, featuring many of the plants mentioned in Milton's poetry. This is the only cottage garden in the Chilterns listed by English Heritage as a Grade II Registered Historic Garden, worth visiting in its own right.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

2 March-31 October
Tues-Sun 1000-1300 & 1400-1800
Open Bank holidays

Additional info

There is a delightful cottage garden containing many of the plants about which Milton wrote, and a car park for visitors.
Coach parties are requested to make an appointment.

The cottage contains one of the finest collections of seventeenth century and other early editions of Milton's poetic and prose works.

Collection details

Archives, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities, Social History

John Milton's Cottage
Chalfont St Giles

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