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Dove Cottage

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Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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Tactfully preserved

Guided tour for 26 people handled efficiently and pleasantlyThere is a n appropriately stocked shop... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anne B
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Bury St Edmunds
Stunning bit of British history!

We hadn't planned to visit Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth and his family, but we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tilly123cat
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Birmingham, England
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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
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+44 15394 35544
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"guided tour"
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"william wordsworth"
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"well worth a visit"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"knew her stuff"
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"small group"
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"next door"
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"fascinating insight"
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"interesting visit"
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"lake district"
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"excellent tour"
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"english literature"
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"his contemporaries"
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"minute tour"
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"his life"
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"small museum"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Guided tour for 26 people handled efficiently and pleasantlyThere is a n appropriately stocked shop and the garden at the back is charming with poems available using a code on you phone

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't planned to visit Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth and his family, but we walked past it on our Coffin Trail hike. It's such a beautiful bit of our history, a stunning cottage that has been kept so well. It's nestled just...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Guide was very knowledgeable. Worthwhile visit. This is a must see while visiting the area. A real insight into the way of life in Wordsworth's time.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located just outside of Grasmere, you can walk there from the village. A very interesting house with all the history of Wordsworth. The guide was very good and had a very good knowledge. It shows you how people lived in Wordsworth's time, very different than...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A charming cottage to visit. You can wait inside slightly before the tour begins. Professional staff who knew a great deal about Wordsworth without becoming arogant. Take care in the garden oif wet.

Thank Pete W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i was in grasmere last week and visited william wordsworths grave in the local churchyard before going to dove cottage. well worth a visit

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there early mid week and were allowed to enter the cottage on the tour a few minutes before the opening. The tour was a lovely experience and we gained great insight into life in those days - life was hard, but lots of...More

Thank Christine C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide certainly knew her stuff. So informative and interesting. Definitely worth a visit. I now know more about Wordsworth and his family than I ever did.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The guided tour of the cottage was great, the guide was well informed and explained the various artefacts in the rooms. However the museum attached didn't hold much attention. Worth doing just to say been there done that when visiting Grasmere but actually Wordsworth spent...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Having our original plans for the day scuppered by the extreme cold and snow, we found ourselves at a bit of a loose end. Neither my husband nor I knew a great deal about wordsworth prior to our visit, but the leaflet we found in...More

Thank calex237
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Jo F
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.
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