Keats House

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

Website

E-mail

keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7332 3868

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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): Tue-Sun 1-5pm. Winter (November-February): Fri-Sun 1-5pm. Please see our website for more information and details for group visits. Last admission: 4.30pm.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.50 (valid for one year)
Concessions: £3.50 (valid for one year)
Children 17 and under: Free
Keats Foundation: Free
Art Fund: Free
National Trust: See details on our website

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.
photograph of keats house

Keats in Hampstead

  • 25 August 2014 11am-1:30pm

Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around Hampstead with readings from some of his best-loved poems.

Starting at Hampstead tube, we will stroll through old Hampstead, visit the Vale of Health, dip into the Heath and finish at Keats House.

Meet at Hampstead tube.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.00 / £6.00 concessions. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/attractions-around-london/keats-house/Pages/What%27s-on.aspx

Women waving goodbye to soldiers during World War Two

Afternoon Poems: War Poetry from Home

  • 9 August 2014 3-4pm

War has always had devastating repercussions for those who remain at home and those who look back on wars in later years. Some very powerful war poetry has been written by poets not involved in combat. In particular, women have had to face the loss of loved ones throughout the centuries.

Admission

Free with admission (£5.50/£3.50; ticket lasts for one year), drop in

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-war-poetry-from-home-tickets-11070769971?aff=eorg

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Keats in London

  • 9 August 2014 11am-1:30pm

Discover the London haunts of the 'Cockney poet'. Starting at Keats's birthplace in Moorgate, through the quiet City streets to Cheapside, walk to Apothecaries Hall and stroll along the river to London Bridge. We finish by the Keats memorial statue in Guys Hospital.

Meet at Moorgate Tube.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.00/£6.00 concessions, booking essential.

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-london-walking-tour-tickets-10713701971?aff=eorg

Photo of Helen Burke

Keats is not on Facebook

  • 16 August 2014 3-4pm

What would Keats make of modern-day London? Or Rome? Helen Burke reads poems written for the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, where she is the judge for this year’s children’s poetry prize. Her poems are fun, accessible and poignant, and feature in her new collection Here’s Looking at You, Kid.

Admission

Free with admission ticket (£5.50/£3.50 concession; ticket lasts for one year), drop in

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-is-not-on-facebook-tickets-11070800061?aff=eorg

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Family Day: The Sea

  • 17 August 2014 1-4pm

Come to Keats House and garden for an afternoon of journeys and adventure on the deep! Family Day at Keats House offers activities and inspiration for families of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-the-sea-tickets-11070832157?aff=eorg

Photo of Laila Sumpton

Keats House Poets Present… Travel Poetry with Laila Sumpton

  • 31 August 2014 2-4pm

Starting with postcard poetry to explore how we can use description to transport our readers to new destinations, we will then look deeper into the idea of travel – what people seek to find on holiday, what they hope to get away from and what they gain from new experiences.

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-poets-present-travel-poetry-with-laila-sumpton-tickets-11070892337?aff=eorg

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

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