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.

On a Summer Evening: Late Night Opening

  • 29 July 2017 6:30-8:30pm

To celebrate the longer evenings, we’re extending our opening hours on the last Saturday of June and July. Relax with a drink from our pop-up bar and enjoy the unique atmosphere of dusk falling over Keats House, with an exclusive late night tour.

£8.50, booking essential

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8.50

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-a-summer-evening-late-night-opening-tickets-32958075491

A Joy Forever: ‘I Almost Wish We Were Butterflies’

  • 29 July 2017 2-3:30pm

‘I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain’ wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne. Join poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims for afternoon tea – with readings, games, gifts, tea and cake – as they explore Keats’ summer days.

£12 (includes light refreshments), booking essential

Admission

£12

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-joy-forever-i-almost-wish-we-were-butterflies-tickets-32955931077

Keats in Hampstead Walk

  • 29 July 2017 11am-1:30pm

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 the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Please note that this event begins at Hampstead tube station, where we shall meet outside.

£12, booking essential

Where

Hampstead Underground Station
Hampstead High Street
London
NW3 1QG

Getting there

Please meet us outside the tube station.

Admission

£12

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-hampstead-walk-tickets-32955479727

Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House

  • 30 July 2017 11-11:45am

Explore the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear the stories of its residents John Keats and his good friend Charles Brown, and discover how it was transformed into the building we know today.

The tour will include the basement and first floor. The route will include steep steps and please note, as we are a Grade 1 listed building, we do not have a lift.

Free with a valid admission ticket to the House.

Admission

Free with a valid admission ticket to the House.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-the-architectural-history-of-keats-house-tickets-32958187827

Summer Jazz and Poetry

  • 4 August 2017 7-8:30pm

Celebrate the lazy, hazy days of the season with the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors and musician Catherine Lima, who will be coming together to bring you a fusion of poetry and jazz. Enjoy a drink from our pop-up bar and take in some sumptuous verse and music - heady summer evenings were meant for this.

£8.50, booking essential

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8.50

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-jazz-and-poetry-tickets-32958681303

Afternoon Poems: Railway Rhapsody - A Love Affair with Locomotion

  • 13 August 2017 2-3pm

Ever since its inception, the railway has cast a spell over our nation and beyond. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for the rhymes and reasons why – from the days of steam through to the travails of travel in modern times – the enchantment lingers still.

Free, booking recommended

Admission

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-railway-rhapsody-a-love-affair-with-locomotion-tickets-32959013296#tickets

Family Day: Bird Garlands in the Garden

  • 20 August 2017 1-4pm

Swallows, larks and doves swoop through the poetry of Keats and we’re celebrating our feathered friends by making bird-feeder garlands in the garden. Using ingredients you’ll easily find in your kitchens and cupboards, we’ll be cooking up a treat for you to take home for the birds in your gardens, parks and outdoor spaces.

Free, drop in

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-bird-garlands-in-the-garden-tickets-33000342914

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

  • 26 August 2017 11am-1:30pm

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 ground-breaking masterpieces as Frankenstein and The Mask of Anarchy.

Please note that this event begins at King's Cross Station, where we shall meet outside by the Henry Moore statue, Euston Road entrance.

£12, booking essential

Where

Kings Cross Station
Euston Road
London
N1 9AL

Getting there

Please meet us outside Kings Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue, Euston Road entrance

Admission

£12

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shelley-the-trumpet-of-a-prophecy-guided-walk-tickets-33000474307

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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