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Dove Cottage

A591 | 1 mi south of Grasmere, Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
015394 35544
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Ranked #9 of 15 Attractions in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth during his most productive and inspired years. He arrived in 1799, looking for a haven, where he... more »
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Not only is there Dove Cottage to look around there is also a small but very interesting museum, a cafe and toilets. My husband and I bought our ticket from a very helpful man who told us that although the ticket was only valid for the day if we were staying in the area we could get it validated for... More

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Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We've been to lots of houses of famous people and are not easily impressed. We've been to Goethe's house in Frankfurt, Beethoven's house in Bonn, Ben Franklin's house in London, Charles Dickens' house in London, the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house in Hawshead, and yesterday William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage in Grasmere in the northern Lakes... More

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Chennai
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74 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a treat to visit Wordsworth's cottage! This is where he wrote 'Daffodils'. It was amazing to take the guided tour and hear of his domestic life. It is beautifully maintained. Don't miss the museum which is part of the attraction.

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Perth, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a fabulous piece of history in the Lakes District. Beautifully preserved with original pieces of furniture and documents it is easy to understand why Wordsworth wrote some of his best work here. The garden is beautiful and the museum supplements the cottage. Our guide was very informative and the shop had lovely books and other materials available for purchase.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The cottage where Wordsworth wrote most of his best known works is fascinating. The room stewards were most welcoming and informative and showed our group round this tiny cottage giving us a wonderful insight into life there from its earliest days. The shop would benefit from more commercial products related to the area, but had a good selection of relevant... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We didn't even plan to see Dove Cottage the home of Wordsworth but are so glad we did. It's a lovely cottage with the traditional cottage garden. This is one of those places you walk into and it feels special. No wonder he found inspiration there. Some of the family furniture still remains so you almost get a sense they... More

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

That's just one of his beautiful quotes. I'd read very little Wordsworth, shame on me, but Dove Cottage made me want to read more and to know the man even more. I think I fell in love with him a bit, as he was an extraordinary being and ohhhhh, could he write. Dove Cottage is just outside the main section... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited Dove Cottage and now have a new found respect for poetry. I am not normally a fan of guided tours but this one was excellent. The tour guide really brought the house to life and made it easy to imagine William Wordsworth living there. The exhibition was informative and included quills where we whiled away the time as... More

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Stockport
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

get on one of the popular guided tours and get a real feel for how Wordsworth lived and what he was really like (a few tongue in cheek comments from our very able and witty guide, Marion) but the Museum also showcases some amazing stuff and features exhibitions, one of the current top 5 with the Guardian. The local buses... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Knowledgeable dedicated tour guides bring the cottage to life with tales of the lives of all those who lived there. Read poetry in Wordsworth's garden in the place he sat and was inspired

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