Keats House

Keats House
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Keats House is where the poet John Keats (1795-1821) lived from 1818 to 1820. Here he wrote some of his best known poetry, including "Ode to a Nightingale". The house is a Grade 1 listed building set in a peaceful garden in Hampstead. It has been open to the public since 1925.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

Summer (March-October): Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Winter (November-February): Fri-Sun 11am-5pm. Please see our website for more information and details for group visits. Last admission: 4.30pm.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.50 (valid for one year)
Seniors (over 65): £5.50 (valid for one year)
Concessions (students and jobseekers with proof): £4.50 (valid for one year)
Children 17 and under: Free
Keats Foundation: Free
Art Fund: Free
London Pass: Single entry with London Pass card

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
Getting there

By Tube (Northern Line, Edgware branch):
Hampstead tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (mostly downhill)
Belsize Park tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (up and downhill)

By London Overground:
Hampstead Heath train station – approximately 100m

By Bus:
Buses 24, 46, 168 and C11 all go to South End Green, next to Hampstead Heath Station; Bus 268 goes to the Rosslyn Hill junction with Downshire Hill

Additional info

Study facilities are available at London Metropolitan Archives.

The Keats House Collection consists of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement. The Keats House Collection, including the Keats Memorial Library, is currently available for consultation by appointment only. Please contact us for further information.

Collection details

Archives, Literature, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • John Keats
  • Joseph Severn
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.
Ellen Cranitch

Templar Poetry Live: Mara Bergman and Ellen Cranitch

  • 31 May 2016 7-8:30pm

Join us to launch two new Templar pamphlets. Mara Bergman’s Crossing into Tamil Nadu is an adventurous, intimate journey to India with her daughter. In Dressing for Vesuvius Ellen Cranitch moves between her family's Irish roots in Kerry and London where she now lives, teaches and writes.

Mara Bergman's new pamphlet takes us to India with her daughter in an exotic and often bizarre adventure which begins with the line...'It was Caroline who said that flying doesn’t scare her anymore.. Ellen Cranitch is a London based poet who divides her tome between London and Kerry. In Dressing for Vesuvius, Ellen Cranitch's first short collection is lyrical, an insight into her hugely varied inspirations; from the adrenalin-rush of Olympic snowboarders and the deserts of New Mexico to poems. A number of poems refracting aspects of love and loss.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-mara-bergman-and-ellen-cranitch-tickets-23998420923

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare on Screen: Much Ado About Nothing

  • 3 June 2016 7-9pm

400 years since Shakespeare’s death with a special screening ofJoss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, a modern take on this enchanting tale of mischief, misdemeanour and seduction. Described by the Guardian as ‘the first great contemporary Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet’, don’t miss this chance to see Whedon’s masterpiece.

Admission

£8, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shakespeare-on-screen-much-ado-about-nothing-tickets-23999688715

O For a Drought of Vintage!

Afternoon Poems: Fruit-opia

  • 11 June 2016 3-4pm

The Keats House Poetry Ambassadors invite you to an afternoon of mellow fruitfulness, from the simple pleasures of sharing an orange to the sensational symbolism of pomegranates, kumquats and cherry blossom. Absorb at least a month's worth of your five a day with fruit both real and metaphorical.

Admission

Free with a valid admission ticket (£6.50/£5.50 for the year), booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-fruit-opia-tickets-23999933447

Michael Rosen

Jazz goes to Keats with Michael Rosen

  • 18 June 2016 4-5pm

What could be further apart: the lush, ornate flow of Keats's poetry and the improvised, syncopated sound of jazz? Not so far apart once Michael Rosen and the Guildhall School of Music's students get hold of them! Don’t miss this modern jazz show – or oratorio if you like ¬– where Keats and jazz inform each other of how best to delight you. For adults and young people aged 10 and up.

Admission

£12, early booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jazz-goes-to-keats-with-michael-rosen-tickets-24004336617

Michael Rosen

Jazz goes to Keats with Michael Rosen

  • 18 June 2016 2-3pm

What could be further apart: the lush, ornate flow of Keats's poetry and the improvised, syncopated sound of jazz? Not so far apart once Michael Rosen and the Guildhall School of Music's students get hold of them! Don’t miss this modern jazz show – or oratorio if you like ¬– where Keats and jazz inform each other of how best to delight you. For adults and young people aged 10 and up.

Admission

£12, early booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jazz-goes-to-keats-with-michael-rosen-tickets-24003948456

Old Well Walk

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • 18 June 2016 11am-1:30pm

11am – 1.30pm, meet at Hampstead tube.

Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around Hampstead village, with readings from his poetry and letters. Explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and Hampstead Heath. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Admission

£12/10, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-hampstead-guided-walk-tickets-19185746083

Father's Day

Family Day: Dazzling Dads

  • 19 June 2016 1-4pm

Listen to stories of dazzling dads and create a Father’s Day card to celebrate all the wonderful dads, grandpas and caregivers out there. Like all our Family Days, there is free entry for dads, and their families!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-dazzling-dads-tickets-24004588370

Templar Poetry The Mask of Anarchy

Templar Poetry Live: The Mask of Anarchy

  • 21 June 2016 7-8:30pm

Shelley’s poem ‘The Mask of Anarchy’ written in 1819 is often regarded as the ‘greatest political poem ever written in English’ and was not published until thirty years after his death. This new Templar pamphlet republishes Shelley’s poem with a specially-commissioned cover by Pop Artist Colin Self alongside a selection of political poems from Templar poets, celebrating the freedom of expression open to modern artists.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-the-mask-of-anarchy-tickets-24005029690

Hegley up the wall

Hegley and Friends

  • 24 June 2016 7-8:30pm

Join the ‘awesomely mundane’ John Hegley and friends for an evening of music, verse and dialogue covering Cowboys, Keats and camping. There will be some singing opportunities for the whole audience and the chance of dancing for a few.

Admission

£8, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hegley-and-friends-tickets-24006969492

Ian Duhig

How (Not) To Be a Critic with Ian Duhig, Jeremy Noel-Tod and Peter Kahn

  • 28 June 2016 7-8:30pm

To thrive, poetry needs good criticism. But what does that look like in the age of YouTube shares, Facebook ‘likes' and Twitterstorms? Susannah Herbert of the Forward Prizes seeks answers from the poet Ian Duhig, the Sunday Times critic Jeremy Noel-Tod and Chicago-based Spoken Word educator Peter Kahn. In partnership with the Forward Arts Foundation.

Admission

£8, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-not-to-be-a-critic-with-ian-duhig-jeremy-noel-tod-and-peter-kahn-tickets-24009465959

Tea Party

A Joy Forever: Whatever Happened to Johnny Keats? Tea and Immortality

  • 3 July 2016 2-3:30pm

Famously dismissed as ‘Johnny Keats, Cockney poet’, Keats himself doubted whether his name would last. So what did happen to ‘Johnny Keats’, and how did his admirers help save his work from obscurity? Join poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims for a picnic – with games, gifts, tea and cake – as they explore Keats’s enduring legacy.

Admission

£12 (includes light refreshments), booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-joy-forever-whatever-happened-to-johnny-keats-tickets-24009784913aspx

The Eve of St Agnes

Afternoon Poems: Tales of Chivalry

  • 9 July 2016 3-4pm

Sally forth with the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for tales of chivalry through the ages, and follow the exploits of knights and their ladies in poems and prose.

Admission

Free with a valid admission ticket (£6.50/£5.50 for the year), booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-tales-of-chivalry-tickets-24010442881

Family day

Family Day: Old Time Games

  • 17 July 2016 1-4pm

Join us in the garden for bubble blowing, skittle scattering and hula-hooping hi jinks. There’ll be games for all ages and a chance to make and take home your very own medal.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-old-time-games-tickets-24010752808

Percy Shelley

New Guided Walk – Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’

  • 30 July 2016 11am-1:30pm

11am – 1.30pm, meet outside Kings Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue

Experience the stirring life and poetry of a great radical Romantic poet. We'll visit fascinating landmarks in the lives of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, from their first meeting to their notorious elopement and exile in Europe, where they created such groundbreaking masterpieces as Frankenstein and 'The Mask of Anarchy'.

Admission

£12/£10, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-guided-walk-shelley-the-trumpet-of-a-prophecy-tickets-24011475971

Old Well Walk

Afternoon Poems: The Romance of Travel

  • 13 August 2016 3-4pm

Travel has always fascinated poets and Keats was no exception. Take a journey of your own as the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors guide you through the poems of some of the most celebrated writers who have marvelled at their experiences on the move.

Admission

Free with a valid admission ticket (£6.50/£5.50 for the year), booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-creepy-critters-tickets-24011956408

Family Day

Family Day: Creepy Critters

  • 21 August 2016 1-4pm

Creepy critters are lurking in the Keats House garden, waiting for you to discover them in this fun trail for all the family. Find them and make a bug bopper hat inspired by your favourite insects.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-creepy-critters-tickets-24011956408

Guy's Hospital

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • 27 August 2016 11am-1:30pm

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats, the radical medical student, and discover the London haunts of this ‘Cockney Poet’. From Keats’s birthplace we explore areas where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries’s Hall and Guy’s Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats’s poems and letters along the way.

Admission

£12/10 concessions, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-the-city-guided-walk-tickets-24014360599

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.

The Road to Abolition – Gifted and Talented Summer College

An exploration of the anti slavery campaigns and the tradition / legacy of protest and reform

How to obtain

Available throughout July 2007. Contact Keats House for further details

Big Draw

Art activities using images and documents as inspiration. The visual work would be a way in to the story of slavery and abolition and would involve group work as well as individual activities

How to obtain

Available throughout October 2007. Contact Keats House for furhter details

Expressions of Identity – creative writing events

Exploring personal and community identity through the stories of people from the past and the present.

How to obtain

Available throughout October 2007 and on request

My Local Area - The Peopling of London

Linked to our local history walks identifying buildings and places with links to slavery and anti-slavery, this session explores the impact of the slave trade on local areas

How to obtain

Available June 2007 and on request. Contact Keats House for more information.

Romanticism, Politics and Protest

Understanding Romanticism as a means of political protest through the works of writers and thinkers of the day. Keats and Leigh Hunt provide a starting point and includes Equiano, Sterne, William Cuffay and William Davidson

How to obtain

Available throughout June 2007 and on request. Contact Keats House for further details.

Getting there

By Tube (Northern Line, Edgware branch):
Hampstead tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (mostly downhill)
Belsize Park tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (up and downhill)

By London Overground:
Hampstead Heath train station – approximately 100m

By Bus:
Buses 24, 46, 168 and C11 all go to South End Green, next to Hampstead Heath Station; Bus 268 goes to the Rosslyn Hill junction with Downshire Hill

Keats House
Keats Grove
Hampstead
London
Greater London
NW3 2RR
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/keats

E-mail

keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7332 3868

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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