Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

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House and garden open 7 March-1 November, 11:00-17:00, last entry 16:00.

Cafe open 10:30-16:30.

Shop open 10:00-17:00.

House, garden, cafe and shop closed on Fridays.

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s.

Today, this homely Georgian townhouse is peopled by knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, the maid or manservant is hard at work – and keen to chat.

There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the working kitchen and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try the replica harpsichord.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and in the Wordsworth Room there are books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.

The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been when William played – and learned his love of nature – here.
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  • To be honest I didn’t know much about Wordsworth but it was interesting to see his restored family home. It was worth waiting and getting a free tour as there are some interesting stories to be told.....  more
    To be honest I didn’t know much about Wordsworth but it was interesting to see his restored family home. It was worth waiting and getting a free tour as there are some interesting stories to be told.....  more »
  • Interesting to see where Wordsworth spent his early years, though the only original furniture is his father's desk. The staff were friendly and the guide knew her stuff and had a pleasant manner. We.....  more
    Interesting to see where Wordsworth spent his early years, though the only original furniture is his father's desk. The staff were friendly and the guide knew her stuff and had a pleasant manner. We.....  more »
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  • There's a special place in English literature for Wordsworth, so it's illuminating to get a glimpse at his early years. The house he grew up in holds important clues to Wordsworth the man, in particular his uncanny and strong bond to his sister. The garden is also delightful.
  • In the centre of the beautiful town of Cockermouth. Very friendly staff and a lovely garden that backs on to the River Cocker. The former home of poet, William Wordsworth, Spring is a great time to visit to see the golden daffodils

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