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.
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.

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.

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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