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Rydal Mount & Gardens

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Address: A591 | Ambleside, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LU, England
Phone Number: +44 15394 33002
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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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This is a very special place to visit. Beautiful gardens with Rydal Water views and a fascinating house to explore. A must see for lovers of Wordsworth and the Lakes' history.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

This is a very special place to visit. Beautiful gardens with Rydal Water views and a fascinating house to explore. A must see for lovers of Wordsworth and the Lakes' history.

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Windermere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

We regularly walk around Rydal Water and Rydal Mount is about half way round the walk, at the end of the "Coffin Trail". Its a lovely house and magnificent gardens. The tea room is brilliant too! (great cakes, coffees and service) A good visit if you are on the trail or going to Rydal as a destination.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

A fascinating and atmospheric place to visit. It was wonderful. I really enjoyed the visit. Incredibly interesting. I really recommend the Biography of Wordsworth sold in the shop - it makes excellent holiday reading and is really well written with lots of background information to the visit. The walk in the gardens was very pleasant. One not to miss if... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

I arrived not knowing too much about Wordsworth but left feeling fully informed and inspired. A lovely lady who worked there answered all my Wordsworth-related questions with genuine enthusiasm. I chatted to her for a while and she had a real sparkle in her eye (forgot to ask her name!). Gardens were magical and we all had great fun exploring.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

We enjoyed a walk through the home, around the grounds and the small shop. It was a wonderful way to spend some time in a beautiful location. We are fascinated by the history of Wordsworth and there was plenty to learn here. Highly recommended.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

Well set out museum. If you have a big interest in poetry and Wordsworth it is well worth seeing but he has lived in lots of the villages in the area and there are many houses to visit. There is a lot of information to learn about Wordsworth at the house. Good facts well presented.

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

This seems to be where Wordsworth spent most of his family life. It was really lovely - both the gardens that he had designed and the interior where there was lots of info. Well worth a visit and just opposite is Rydal hall - lovely walks and waterfall there.

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Blakeney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

Interesting detail on William Wordsworth and a lovely walk into his daughters daffodil field. Right next to Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

Firstly, just to clarify: the visit was good, not average. The car park’s quite small but there was space when we went. You can visit the house and the gardens or just the gardens (we did the latter). Part of the gardens resembles woods so it wouldn’t be easy for people with pushchairs. The woodland area did seem a bit... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

Well worth a visit if in the area. We spent a few hours learning about the life of William Wordsworth and enjoyed the beautiful gardens and views. We then walked the coffin trail into Grassmere, an absolutely beautiful walk.

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