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Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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Well worth a visit!

Make a point of going to Dove Cottage to see Wordsworth's house. Guide gave excellent information... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Everything Wordsworth

We had a good guide and the content was very informative and lots of information to share in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael P
Reading, United Kingdom
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William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved poet. His life was a series of adventures and his early experiences made him into a rebel. Orphaned as a child, he went to University, travelled across Europe during the French Revolution, fell in love with an older French woman and then returned to turn English literature on its head with his radical ideas and poems in language that anyone could understand. He moved to Dove Cottage in 1799 and stayed for nine years, writing some of the most famous poetry in the English language, inspired by the landscape and the people he met. Visitors can take guided tours of Dove Cottage, wander in the gardens he designed and planted with his sister and discover his incredible life story in the museum next door (included in admission). Special exhibitions change regularly and family activities are integrated into the experience, with family friendly events during the school holidays.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Make a point of going to Dove Cottage to see Wordsworth's house. Guide gave excellent information as we walked around the cottage. went to the museum after seeing the cottage. So pleased we went there.

Thank hellieb66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a good guide and the content was very informative and lots of information to share in answering our questions. The museum is very interesting and one visit is not enough. The day ticket is valid for re entry throughout a full year so...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You will want to spend a lot of time here. The guided tour of the cottage itself was fabulous and very detailed. The garden was lovely too but unfortunately there was torrential rain so it wasnt quite as enjoyable! The museum is very detailed and...More

Thank Baker_Bowie
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

The entry into Dove Cottage is timed which is perfect as it is quite a small place. We were met by a guide who took our group around and explained the history of the cottage and how the Wordsworth family had come to live there....More

1  Thank Joy M
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Charming cottage. There are guided tours at set timings. (Included in your ticket). Sophie did a tour of the cottage for us. It was great and we learnt a lot about William Wordsworth. It was a great experience. Thank you Sophie.

1  Thank Anand595
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

The cottage where Wordsworth lived and where he wrote a lot of his famous poems...'Daffodils' for one. Gives a real taste of what life was like in the 19th century. Lots of other things to do after the timed house tour. Museum, tea room and...More

Thank ken_morris751
Reviewed 19 May 2017

It was interesting to see the home of William Wordsworth and hear how he and his family lived. More interesting was the attached museum with letters and biographical details.

Thank diannebendall
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We enjoyed the very informative 25 minute guided tour of the small Dove Cottage. Here lived the poet for eight years and wrote much of his best work during that time. Recommended.

Thank dfc2007
Reviewed 10 May 2017

You'll only enjoy visiting Dove Cottage if you have an interest in English literature and poets. You'll learn about how he lived with his sister, and later on his wife and children.

Thank Vincent020
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. The guide in, Hazel, Dove Cottage was excellent. She not only knew the life and history of Wordsworth and his family thoroughly but had great insight into his poetry. We went away with...More

Thank hikingthree
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Jo F
Are dogs allowed?
25 October 2016|
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Response from WordsworthTrust | Property representative |
Hi Jo, As others have indicated, we don't allow dogs in the Cottage or Museum, but they are welcome in the cafe and there are lots of dog friendly walks around.