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Wordsworth Museum

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Address: A591, 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
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Attached to Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum lets visitors discover...

Attached to Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum lets visitors discover Wordsworth's amazing life and what inspired and influenced him. Orphaned as a child, he attended Cambridge University then went on a walking trip across Europe during the French Revolution. He returned to England, determined to change English literature by writing in language that everyone could understand and about subjects that would outrage the establishment. Displays include pictures, letters, personal possessions and original manuscripts, written in his own hand, showing how he amended and re-wrote his work, striving for the perfect expression of his ideas - which still are relevant today.

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Great little museum, if a little dark

There is a plethora of information and fascinating displays of documents, clothing and artefacts from Wordworth's life, including original manuscripts, the note book given to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Barbara C
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

There is a plethora of information and fascinating displays of documents, clothing and artefacts from Wordworth's life, including original manuscripts, the note book given to Samuel Taylor Coleridge for his travels, and letters from Wordsworth's sister Dorothy. You can follow his life from boyhood through to his death. The only down side is that to preserve all the displays the... More 

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Thank Barbara C
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in on a rainy afternoon, mostly as it was too wet outside to enjoy Grasmere village. The tour of the house was well done and the guide very knowledgeable and informative. The museum did not really hold our attention but we did not know much about Wordsworth prior to our visit, nor are we poetry enthusiasts - I'm... More 

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Thank Jimgrams
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We visited here as part of my birthday weekend celebration and it was perfect! I was very impressed with the tour of Dove Cottage. We both learned interesting facts about the tenants and guests. We also found the museum to be a great experience. I liked the interactive components, and while we don't have children, the activities were creative, engaging,... More 

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Thank AJ M
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

The museum is well laid out snd a great add on to Dove Cottage. Great for the literary buffs. It is worth spending the time here.

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Thank Keathswa
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

There is so much to see, and to learn, from a visit to this Museum. We spent more than 2 hours there and could easily have gone back for another visit, had we had time. The current 'extra' exhibition is about Wordsworth and Waterloo, showing how his attitude to war changed over the years. Although the Museum centres around WW,... More 

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Thank WaryDubai
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

interesting to see some of wordsworth belongings. beautiful place to know this famous poet. i liked the recitations of wordsworth's poems available there

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Thank Ashraf_Chowdhury
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This museum has a constantly changing set of exhibitions relating to the life of Wordsworth. The current one is Wordsworth's attitude to war and Waterloo. Well worth a detour to see it.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We also visited his church and grave where he is buried along with his wife and children. The village is very scenic so it is easy to understand why Wordsworth cherished this area of England so much.

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Thank Don49680
Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum as part of a package tour with Dove Cottage. It cleverly sets out the life and works of Wordsworth and Waterloo. There is a lot to see so ensure you dedicate at least an hour to get round both venues.

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Thank Laurie B
Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We visited here as part of the Dove Cottage package. It is a lovely museum covering the life and times of Wordsworth. There was also a special exhibition of Wordsworth and Waterloo

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