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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
John Keats's copy of Milton's Paradise Lost

Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost

  • 6 December 2017 — 14 October 2018 *on now

John Keats considered John Milton to be one of the greatest writers of all time. To celebrate the 350th anniversary of Paradise Lost, Keats’s personal copy of Milton’s epic poem is the centrepiece of a new exhibition. Find out what this heavily-annotated volume can tell us about Keats’s views on creativity and composition, and discover how one visionary poet read and built upon the work of another.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry included with Keats House admission (Adults £6.50, Seniors £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children 17 yrs and under Free)

Website

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/Exhibitions.aspx

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.

Volunteer open day

  • 20 September 2018 4-7pm

Looking for experience in the heritage sector? Love poems? Love historic houses? Love Keats?
We are looking for new volunteers to join our friendly and creative team. With a variety of roles available, from gaining customer service experience and helping with events, to giving tours of the house, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. Drop in to one of our open days to speak to staff and current volunteers about the opportunities available at Keats House.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/whats-on.aspx

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • 22 September 2018 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.

Meet outside Hampstead Tube Station

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Hampstead Tube Station
Hampstead High Street
London
NW3 1QG

Admission

£10, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-hampstead-guided-walk-tickets-48694563751

Open House London - Keats House

  • 22 — 23 September 2018 11am-5pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to see inside Keats House for free as part of Open House London 2018. Join our staff and volunteer-led tours revealing the architecture, history and inhabitants of the House and take part in our drop in family activity throughout the day.

Free, drop in anytime with tours scheduled for 11.30am, 1, 2.30 & 3pm.

Website

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/whats-on.aspx

Keats House Poets: Anthony Hett’s workshop

  • 23 September 2018 2-4pm

Anthony Hett brings you a workshop exploring memories and how they change. From the innocence of childhood memories, to how memories can be altered and better understood with the passing of time or by viewing them from a different perspective. Don’t forget to bring a photograph of yourself as a child!

Supported by the Keats Foundation

Free, booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/Contact-us.aspx

Templar Poetry Live: Tom Weir collection launch

  • 27 September 2018 7-8:30pm

Join Templar Poetry for a glass of wine and new poetry in the Chester Room at Keats House.
Tom Weir launches 'Ruin', his deeply moving second collection, alongside readings from the latest issue of IOTA Magazine. Poets appearing include Victor Tapner, Rachel Spence, Jonathan Davidson and Michael Woods.

..Sometimes I’d picture them building your heart
from scratch the way you might build a fire—
sometimes I’d hear their tools
clanking in your chest, trying to ignite
the tiny engine of your breath.

From ‘Noah’ in 'Ruin' by Tom Weir

Free, booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-tom-weir-collection-launch-tickets-48695067257

The Poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

  • 29 September 2018 11am-4pm

Read, explore and discuss some of Keats’s poetry, including the odes and 'The Eve of St.Agnes', in the location in which many of them were written. This CityLit course takes place at Keats House, led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.

£39 (Book via www.citylit.ac.uk/contact-us or call 020 7831 7831 quoting course code HLT15)

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£39 Book via www.citylit.ac.uk/contact-us or call 020 7831 7831 quoting course code HLT15

Website

http://www.citylit.ac.uk/contact-us

Frontispiece to Frankenstein

Late Night Keats: My Hideous Progeny

  • 31 October 2018 6:30-9pm

Join us to take part in activities inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, at a special late-night opening of the museum on John Keats's birthday. Listen to readings from the novel (as part of the international 'Frankenreads' events programme), join a Gothic tour, and have a go at using ink and quill pens to begin your own masterpiece. Don't forget to toast Keats on his 223rd birthday at our pop-up bar! Find out more on our Eventbrite page.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

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

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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