Wordsworth Grasmere

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Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Dove Cottage, the Grasmere home of poet William Wordsworth. Wander through the Garden-Orchard Wordsworth called ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. Uncover Wordsworth’s radical and creative life story in the Museum and enjoy breathtaking views of Grasmere Vale from the new Viewing Station.

Parts of our site are opening throughout 2020 because of our redevelopment project. Check our website before you visit to see what will be open.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Association or society, Heritage site, Library, Archive, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

The reopening of Wordsworth Grasmere will be postponed until further notice, following the advice from Public Health England in relation to COVID-19.

Admission charges

Adult £12.00 | Young people (17 to 19 years), disabled, student card holders, YHA and those showing evidence of job seekers allowance or equivalent £8.50 | Children 6 -16 years £5.00 (5s and under free)

1 adult and children* £20.00 | 2 adults and children* £32.00

*This is a family party or equivalent, it does not include groups from schools, clubs or associations.

Patrons and Friends: free
National Art Pass: free


  • National Art Pass
Getting there

The car park for Wordsworth Grasmere is located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections held at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are founded on the papers, books and personalia which Wordsworth bequeathed to his family. Through this material, and subsequent collecting, the museum covers not only the lives and works of Wordsworth and his circle, but the wider phenomenon of British Romanticism, and the role of the Lake District in inspiring writers and artists of the Romantic Movement.

Aside from its outstanding manuscript and portrait collections, the museum holds important paintings, prints and drawings of the Lake District. Among these is Joseph Wright of Derby's painting of Ullswater, David Cox's 'Morecambe Bay Sands', and drawings by Joseph Farington.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection

Getting there

The car park for Wordsworth Grasmere is located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District.

Wordsworth Grasmere
Town End
LA22 9SH






015394 35544

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.