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Rydal Mount & Gardens

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Address: A591 | Ambleside, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LU, England
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11:00 - 16:00
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Rydal Mount, the last family home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his...

Rydal Mount, the last family home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850, now belongs to the direct descendants of the Poet and remains a lived-in family home. The dining room, part of the old Tudor cottage, with its original flagged floor and oak beams, contrasts pleasingly with the larger proportions of the drawing room and library, added in 1750. The house contains works of art, furniture, manuscripts and many of the Poet's books and personal possessions, reflecting his life here. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it, consisting of fell-side terraces, lawns, rock pools and a 9th century Norse mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display.

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Been visiting, walking to and around here for years. Park at the cricket club on the Grasmere Road, donate to park in the club house box. Walk and entrance to Rydal Mount just... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been visiting, walking to and around here for years. Park at the cricket club on the Grasmere Road, donate to park in the club house box. Walk and entrance to Rydal Mount just down the road. On a nice day admire the approach and scenery. Dog friendly walk. Arrive at Rydal Mount, nature, rare and large trees, woodland. A small... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful houses I have seen from this era, full of very interesting, well presented memorabilia related to the Wordsworth family, large, light rooms. Delightful furnishing, quaint staircase with parts of the house leading off in all directions, helpful knowledgeable, friendly staff. We were unable to view the gardens as it was raining.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One tends to think of poets and musicians as Bohemians living in attics, as per and not being recognised until after their deaths. Well, take a look at Monet's house in Giverny, and take a look at Rydal Mount, the later home of poet William Wordsworth, after he had moved from Dove Cottage. A large, imposing home, and best observed... More 

Thank Barrie L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Although people flock from all over to see Wordsworth's other house (Dove Cottage), relatively few people were stopping by Rydal Mount when we were there. It's such a shame! The house itself is charming and still feels very "lived in." The gardens are spectacular and surprisingly large. Wordsworth himself laid them out, and even incorporated an ancient Norse signal-fire mound... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Having walked to the Mount we were slightly disappointed to be treated by a chain across the drive and a very unwelcoming sign to show the cost of entry. The approach was dominated by traffic cones. I would suggest they take afresh look at the poor welcome a visitor gets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Poet William Wordsworth lived in this house in the lovely Lake District and it is easy to see how he was inspired to write. The beautiful views and magnificent gardens are worth an extended visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Stunning views. Great location and full of history. Right next to rydal hall were you can camp near by.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

fabulous place to visit. lovely walks. nice tea room which offers sandwiches cakes etc. this is excellent for a quiet reflective break

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Went through rydal halfway through a walk which took in the rydal lake and caves, stopped here for coffee and teacakes, it's a must stunning gardens and beautiful village that most people just drive past!!

Thank keithcarolyork
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Absolutely fantastic great experience I would go back again and again. Wish I lived nearer so that I could visit more often

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