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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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London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW 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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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Our passionate tour guide create a real world understanding of Wordsworth - his life and his passions - an understanding of 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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155 reviews 155 reviews
80 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Whether you are interested in or knowledgeable about William Wordsworth, visiting this home of his is worthwhile. The tour guide really brings the place to life, and helps paint a beautiful picture of the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Poets we may forget were prolific writers and wrote copious volumes of work and each of the well know poets of the romantic era has pages and pages and books of poetry that out human mind would not be able to remember. Poets are as prolific as writers yet they are less well understood or well known or publicised. Wordsworth... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a poor experience. The museum is incredibly dull and boring - it looks, with its hessian backed display boards as if it hasn't changed since 1970 - and it assumes prior knowledge before you can understand anything. As for children, my 10 year old was completely baffled and puzzled - why was there nothing for him to do,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I've passed by this Wordsworth hotspot countless times but should have visited years ago. The cottage is run and maintained as if the man himself had just nipped out for inspiration. Original furniture and items give this place a very special feel even if one isn't a Wordsworth expert. Our guide was very knowledgable but not at all stuffy. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We have visited Grasmere many, many times but this was our first visit to the cottage. The guided tour was fascinating and the guide didn't overwhelm us with information and added her own brand of humour to it. Highly recommended.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Such a pleasure learning about an English poet at his former home and the very interesting museum set in a quaint little village. The house tour was done very well although the volunteer had trouble answering some questions. The museum is well presented with displays that are easy to understand.

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