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“A Must Visit”
Review of Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Definitely worth visiting and so enjoyed the guided tour. It was so informative and lots of anecdotes and interesting things about Wordsworth.

Thank henrietta m
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

This a beautiful cottage that shows how people lived in the past, the guide was very knowledgeable and all the questions thrown at her. To walk around this most peaceful garden is a pleasure.
Best time to visit around lunchtime.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

An informative tour and guide. She knew her stuff and presented it well. We followed this by a walk into Grasmere. Pretty church and nice riverside coffee shop.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

There is a guided tour of Dove Cottage itself which is well worth it. At £7.25 per adult, the 10 minute tour was a bit rushed but very informative and the guide really gave us a good insight into the daily lives of the Wordsworths in that tiny space. The adjoining Museum is also very informative and interesting. All in all, a worthwhile trip. Beware: no wheelchair access.

Thank yss97
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Although we are hardly literature enthusiasts we found Dove Cottage very interesting, with the guided tour being fascinating. Well worth a visit.

Thank andy998
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