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.
Shelley

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

  • 25 February 2017 11am-1:30pm

(Meet outside King’s Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue, Euston Road entrance)
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.

Admission

£12/ £10 concessions

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shelley-the-trumpet-of-a-prophecy-guided-walk-tickets-30162989313

Ellen Cranitch

Templar Poetry Live: Ellen Cranitch and David Coldwell

  • 28 February 2017 From 7pm

Ellen Cranitch launches her first collection following her pamphlet Dressing for Vesuvius alongside the Marsden poet and artist, David Coldwell, with his Templar Portfolio pamphlet, Flowers by the Road.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-ellen-cranitch-and-david-coldwell-tickets-30163017397

Earth and Air: Three Romantic Poets

  • 4 March 2017 11am-4pm

This workshop with Dr Hugh Epstein will explore poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. We will examine how landscape and weather give rise to these poets’ meditations on the relationship between humankind, nature and society, and how each poet creates a poetic world strongly attached to the earth and its atmospheres.

City Lit course HLT135.

£39, to book contact City Lit on 020 7831 7831

Admission

£39, booking required via City Lit.

Jo Shapcott

International Women’s Day with Jo Shapcott

  • 8 March 2017 7-8:30pm

Join award winning poet and former poet in residence Jo Shapcott for a celebration of the female voice. Shapcott and special guests will recite and discuss women’s poetry to mark International Women’s Day.

Admission

£12, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-with-jo-shapcott-tickets-30163106664

Suffragettes

Afternoon Poems: Women and War

  • 12 March 2017 2-3pm

The Whitehall memorial dedicated to the Women of World War II represents the familiar narrative of women performing their heroic duty throughout the devastation of war. This afternoon of poetry goes beyond ‘keep calm and carry on’ to the personal and psychological battles of workers, wives, mothers, Suffragettes and objectors.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-women-and-war-tickets-30163220003

Faery Family Day

Family Day: ‘A Faery’s Child’

  • 19 March 2017 1-4pm

‘… a faery’s child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild.’

Do you believe in ‘faery’s’, elves and goblins? Make the little people a toadstool house and hear some faery-filled poetry.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, drop-in

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-a-faerys-child-tickets-30163264135

Guy's Hospital

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • 25 March 2017 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 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-30163711473

Keats House

Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House

  • 26 March 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 that 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 I listed building, we do not have a lift.

Admission

Free after general admission fee

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-the-architectural-history-of-keats-house-tickets-30163785695

Oliver Comins

Templar Poetry Live: Oliver Comins and Michael Woods

  • 28 March 2017 7-8:30pm

Oliver Comins brings wry, witty and wily golfing metaphors in his pamphlet 'Battling Against the Odds', in what may well be a fascinating contrast with Michael Woods embarking on his odyssey to reunite the broken parts of poetry in his new collection,
'Algebra'.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-oliver-comins-and-michael-woods-tickets-30163830830

International Childrens' Day

International Children’s Book Day at Keats House

  • 2 April 2017 From 1pm

Make a book to celebrate International Children’s Book Day, and create your own story to fill the pages. You’ll also have the chance to hear some well-loved children’s stories, listen out for your favourite.

(Stories at 2pm and 3pm).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-childrens-book-day-at-keats-house-tickets-30164061520

Edward Thomas

Afternoon Poems: Edward Thomas

  • 9 April 2017 2-3pm

To mark the centenary of the death of the famous First World War poet Edward Thomas, join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading of his revered war poetry a hundred years to the day since his death.

Admission

Free after usual admission fee, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-edward-thomas-tickets-30164450684

Carrot Candy Holder

Family Day: Easter at Keats House

  • 16 April 2017 1-4pm

Easter bunnies have taken over Keats House and garden. They’re hiding and we need your help to track them down. Find all the cheeky rabbits and make a carrot cone for carrying home your chocolate prize.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, drop-in (£1 donation welcome)

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-easter-at-keats-house-tickets-30164512870

Olive Broderick

Templar Poetry Live: Olive Broderick and the iOTA Shots Pamphlet Award Launch

  • 25 April 2017 7-8:30pm

Olive Broderick’s debut full collection, 'Night Divers', bristles with myth and stories from a marvelling and longing heart.

One of the winning pamphlets from the iOTA Shot Awards (to be announced in February 2017) will also be launched on the evening.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-olive-broderick-and-the-iota-shots-pamphlet-award-launch-tickets-30166901013

Old Well Walk

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • 29 April 2017 11am-1:30pm

(Meet outside Hampstead tube station)
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.

Admission

£12/ £10 concessions

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-hampstead-guided-walk-tickets-30166962196

Keats House

Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House

  • 30 April 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 that we know today.

Free with admission

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

Admission

Free after usual admission fee, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-tour-the-architectural-history-of-keats-house-tickets-30166997301

Late Night Keats: Herbal Healing

  • 20 May 2017 6:30-9pm

Blood-letting, cupping and anaesthetic- free amputations – John Keats left this life of an apothecary to become a poet. Discover more about medicine in the early 1800s, with guided tours and a drop-in workshop with Herb Archivist Karen Howell from the Old Operating Theatre. Sample botanical-inspired drinks from our pop-up bar and make your own herbal remedy to soothe your senses.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12, with complimentary drink

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/keats-house-4777597709

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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