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Dove Cottage

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Address: Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
Phone Number: +44 15394 35544
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A unique and privileged way to see where Words worth lived

From moment of stepping inside transported back to a remarkable age. Atmosphere wraps itself round you and seeing how Words worth and his beloved sister and family -plus all his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kate C
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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From moment of stepping inside transported back to a remarkable age. Atmosphere wraps itself round you and seeing how Words worth and his beloved sister and family -plus all his literally friends -met and existed in such a small cottage is a great, but pleasant surprise. The staff (volunteers) were kind, informative and took a real delight in their work.... More 

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Thank Kate C
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dove Cottage at Grasmere is a place of perfect contentment and has been so for more than 200 years. What a place of inspiration, not just for the Lakeland poets of yesteryear but for everyone in the modern day! It is a family friendly attraction, with visitors from all over the world that should appeal to all ages. This review... More 

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Thank Joseph R
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Excellent tour of the cottage where Wordworth lived with his family, sister and regular visitor Samuel Taylor Coleridge for 9 years between 1799 and 1808 - the place where he wrote some of his best poetry.

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Thank Barbara C
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Wordsworth's home for 9 years when he was starting out as a poet. A visit to Dove Cottage puts his early life into perspective .His support and admiration of the ordinary people who lived and worked in and around Grasmere and who maintained the environment we enjoy today was fundamental to his poetry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We enjoyed our visit in dreadful rainy November. There are timed entrances as you are shown round by a guide. The lady was very knowledgeable and informative and we left knowing more about Wordsworth and his family and poetry. Well worth a 2 hour visit

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We have been to Dove Cottage a number of times. The cottage is maintained as it was in about 1800 when William Wordsworth lived there with his sister Dorothy and is important for that reason. But the life of the poet and his sister is woven into the life of the village and the larger Grasmere world, so that the... More 

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West Kirby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Wandering through the intimate sized rooms of Dove Cottage, you seem to breathe the presence of Dorothy and William, as if the very air they breathed lingers still. There is a sense of the dedication that produced the journals and the Prelude: of a life encapsulated in William's 'Milton, thou should'st be living at this hour'.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I visited Dove cottage in the Lake District and found it was vey authentically kept and a lovely welcome.

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Massa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We were lucky to have an excellent guide who made our visit memorable. It was his first day at work and he made the place feel as though Wordsworth had only just left. He obviously loved his subject matter and was very knowledgable on the subject answering our questions very well.

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Dahinda, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

After teaching British Literature for 25 years and particularly loving all Wordsworth's contributions to British poetry, I finally realized my dream of seeing the Lake District. It does not disappoint! What beauty at every turn. The culmination of my visit was my tour of the marvelous Dove Cottage. There are not enough superlatives to describe the experience. Actually seeing the... More 

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