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Address: Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
Phone Number:
+44 15394 35544
09:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved poet. His life was a series of...

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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Dove Cottage was the first home of the poet William Wordsworth. If you're in Grasmere,this is a 'must'. Smoke was billowing out of the chimney as we approached, and somehow one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Barrie L
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Dove Cottage was the first home of the poet William Wordsworth. If you're in Grasmere,this is a 'must'. Smoke was billowing out of the chimney as we approached, and somehow one could imagine that the great man had just lit the fire. Tickets from the little museum next door. And when you have finished at Dove Cottage, use the coffin... More 

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great museum and guided tour of a house lived in by Wordsworth (& 10 other friends and family). Toilets, parking, tea room and things for kids to do too. A must for any poetry officianados

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An insight into Wordsworth's life, the guide was great and would definitely recommend a visit. Stepping back in time and a new perspective on the famous poet.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a focussed view on the living environment of one of England's famous poets. The cottage is small and you can feel an intimate part of the lives of William Wordsworth and his wife Dorothy. Their past in our present but little spoiled or changed. It's dark and atmospheric and new young staff had been taken on project... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

If you are a fan of Wordsworth, you need to visit Dove Cottage. This was so interesting! We had a great guide, Ruth, who explained the history of the cottage and Wordsworth's family's life there. There is also a very interesting museum associated with the cottage.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The whole experience-from having to knock on the front door to be let in to coal fires burning in all of the rooms - made this visit really memorable and enjoyable. Our guide was brilliant-so knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a great deal. (We didn't catch her name but she had long brown hair.) She did everything she could to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A fascinating tour around the house with a well informed guide who was happy to answer all questions. Quirky items and the stories told by the guide made the house come to life. Wordsworth's suitcase for a 6-week European tour would barely have been large enough for a modern woman's make-up & toiletries, let alone any clothing! Although Wordsworth only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

It has been many years since we visited Dove Cottage, in that time the experience has improved enornously. The guided tour of the cottage was well presented - informative and friendly. The Museum was full of interesting facts and documents about Wordsworth and his contemporaries. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Lovely small property. Visited in an extremely cold winters day and the roaring coal fires made the visit more evocative. The house has a number of personal items of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. The tour was informative and friendly. The museum was also well worth a visit. The garden is small but at the top of the garden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

A fascinating insight into William Wordsworth at Dove Cottage. A lot of original Wordsworth possessions, coupled with an extensive Wordsworth Museum, made the experience very worthwhile. Our guide was a mine of useful information and made the visit 'come alive'.

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