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Address: A591 | 1 mile south of Grasmere, Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
Phone Number: 441539435544
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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
Description: 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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Wonderful tours provided by very friendly and direct guides - wonderful place .... Perfect insight into the life of Wordsworth and his companions .. and wonderful museum nearby. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful tours provided by very friendly and direct guides - wonderful place .... Perfect insight into the life of Wordsworth and his companions .. and wonderful museum nearby. A great time to be had by all

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The actual House is very interesting, as is the Museum. I was not entirely won round by the tour aspect. I could not actually hear the Tour guide at times due to a foreign couple talking to their children all through in their language and the children talking back. It was hard to listen because of this. Also the Guide... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had a very good tour around the cottage and learnt much about Wordsworth's time here. The children in our group were included in our knowledgeable guide's tour and the quiz sheets they had help them to focus their attention. The Cottage is quite small and is a must if visiting Grasmere.

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We visited this Dove cottage with slight apprehension when 'group tour' was mentioned. Having been on some pretty dire group tours before we paid our fee and crossed our fingers. How wrong could we have been? The tour was limited to a small group due to the size of the cottage, and although it was a bit of a squeeze... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You are shown around the house with a very knowledgeable guide who will fill you in on anything you would wish to know about Wordsworth. Very interesting house and garden. Great guide. I arrived when it was raining and in the museum I was asked to remove my coat to walk round it. (To preserve the correct humidity) I guess... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We visited Dove Cottage and the guide that showed us round the cottage really brought it to life. Great story telling and lots of really interesting facts and snippets of information. The museum is good too, and we also liked the 200th anniversary exhibition of the battle of Waterloo. Nice shop too - good quality of gifts. Look up current... More 

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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Well worth a visit. The tour guide was excellent and knew her subject. Learned some new things about Wordsworth and his family and friends.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Enjoyable visit, with a guide who was clearly knowledgeable. But it all felt a bit rushed. The guide didn't invite questions and although she answered those she was asked, she didn't invite more. Perhaps there were time constraints, but I was a little disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had been staying in grasmere for a few days and decided to make the most of the dove cottage tour. I couldn't believe how much history was packed in this tiny cottage! The tour guide was brilliant and you could tell he was passionate in the history of the cottage. Very enjoyable and we shall be going again in... More 

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WordsworthTrust, Manager at Dove Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for those kind words - we do our best! If you bought your ticket at the shop, please remember to hang on to it as it will get you free entry if you return this year! There will be a new exhibition to see in NOvember, called 'From Shepherds to Char-a-bancs'. More 

Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very fortunate to do the tour in the afternoon with only my travelling friend....so a very intimate tour and able to ask lots of questions to the very knowledgable tour guide. The museum is well set out and so informative. The shop is well organised with a vast range of products to buy, to suit all budgets. Loved the view... More 

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