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

Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Please see our website for more information and details for group visits. Last admission: 4.30pm.

Admission charges

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

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • National Art Pass
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.
John Hegley

John Hegley's Mixed Bag

  • 9 December 2016 7-8:30pm *on now

Once described as ‘awesomely mundane’ by The Independent, former poet in residence and master performer John Hegley returns to Keats House. Join John and friends for another culture cabaret with guests abetting on pieces concerning Keats, Hopkins, love, Lawrence, cowboys, celery and education – both jolly and melancholy. Come and sing!

Admission

£10, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-hegleys-mixed-bag-tickets-26948463580

Family Day

Rhyming Drawing and Drawing Out the Creative: A Children’s Workshop with John Hegley

  • 10 December 2016 11am-12:30pm

Adults are invited to accompany a child or two to this workshop which will involve activities inspired by the things that John Keats got up to … like sword fencing with celery ... and writing poetry. For children 8+ who must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£6 adults/£5 children, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rhyming-drawing-and-drawing-out-the-creative-a-childrens-workshop-with-john-hegley-tickets-26948908912

Keats Christmas Card

Afternoon Poems: The Bells Are Ringing

  • 11 December 2016 2-3pm

Get in the mood for Christmas with our annual festive selection of poetry and prose, read by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-the-bells-are-ringing-tickets-26948949032

Keats House by Candle

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 15 December 2016 8-9:30pm

Join our knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see Keats House dressed for the festive season and illuminated by candlelight. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and a mince pie in our majestic Chester Room.

There will be two identical tours of the house at 6.30 – 8pm and 8 – 9.30pm. Tickets are valid for one tour only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15, booking required (includes a glass of wine and a mince pie)

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-by-candlelight-tickets-26949036293

Keats House by Candle

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 15 December 2016 6:30-8pm

Join our knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see Keats House dressed for the festive season and illuminated by candlelight. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and a mince pie in our majestic Chester Room.

There will be two identical tours of the house at 6.30 – 8pm and 8 – 9.30pm. Tickets are valid for one tour only.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15, booking required (includes a glass of wine and a mince pie)

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-by-candlelight-tickets-26949010215

Festival of lights

Family Day: Festival of Lights

  • 18 December 2016 1-4pm

Hear wintry folktales from around the world with storyteller Olivia Armstrong.
You can also help us light up the darkening nights by making a tea light holder using recycled materials. They make a fabulous festive gift too!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, no booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-festival-of-lights-tickets-26949084437

Guys Hospital

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • 31 December 2016 11am-1:30pm

Meet at Moorgate tube station. 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’ 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-26949165680

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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