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Rydal Mount & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Rydal
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 February 2014

After climbing loughrigg, we were in desperate need for a cup of tea, as we had parked near the church in Rydal, we saw the signs for the Old cottage tea shop within the grounds of Rydal Mount. Really good cakes and soup. We had ours outside in the February sunshine by the gushing river.

Thank Sara B
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Nice family home in Rydal just near the "Coffin Trail"
This is last place Wordsworth stayed although his family stillown the property,
Rooms ful of original furnture and imformation of the Wordsworth family.
Stunning garden overlooking Rydal lake.
Well worth a visit (in Rydal)

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

What does one do in the Lake District on a wet February day? Visit Rydal Mount & Gardens - the Lake District home of William Wordsworth for 37 years. We were the only visitors, therefore the lady who took our money gave us her undivided attention and knowledge of the property and its past residents. She then left us to explore at our own pace and read all about the Wordsworth family. Unfortunately the rain spoilt our visit of the gardens and we were too early in the year to see the masses of daffodils in flower. However just to visit the house is well worth a few hours of your time when in this part of the Lake District

Thank 31CMD
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Apart from being a wonderful house and garden to be explored at your leisure, and almost complete solitude, even in October half term, this is the place where Wordsworth and Dorothy feel most real. Its hard to pin down the reason for this- it may be the Wordsworthian relics in evidence- his top hat , his cigar case ( he was a non- smoker) and so on, or the personal correspondence displayed on the walls ( i especially liked his polite dissing of Coleridge for having had the temerity to write a critical review of The Excursion) or the fact that it remains a family home rather than just a museum. But both the house and gardens are not to be missed. The garden are landscaped but not in an artificial Capability Brown type way . They fit into the lakeland setting with grace and style. And the coffee is great too!

Thank simon h
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

The lady in the booking office was very friendly, helpful and very knowledgable on the subject of William Wordsworth. Parking, although not a lot of room, was free and considering everywhere else in the Lake District charges extortionate car parking charges this was very refreshing. The booklet given with admission was very informative and the gardens are just lovely. The gardens were dog friendly which was nice. I'd definately recommend a visit to this lovely piece of English Hertitage.

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