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Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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A Slice of History

Prior to the guided tour of the cottage, we browsed the book store and discovered an array of books... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edison B
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Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA
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Historical

William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage for almost 10 years, during the period when he did his... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JackArkadelphiaARUSA
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Arkadelphia AR USA
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
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"william wordsworth"
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"well worth a visit"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"knew her stuff"
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"small group"
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"next door"
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"interesting visit"
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"excellent tour"
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"english literature"
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"lake district"
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"his contemporaries"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Prior to the guided tour of the cottage, we browsed the book store and discovered an array of books and curios designed to appeal to a broad range of visitors. So, yes; The Wordsworth Foundation is a “cottage industry” operating to profit from William Wordsworth’s...More

Thank Edison B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage for almost 10 years, during the period when he did his most writing. The cottage is furnished to reflect that time period and contains many of his original possessions and furnishings.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good guided tour around the house by a knowledgeable guide who knew her Wordsworth history well, together with a visit to the museum which is well laid out with the chronology of Wordsworth's life and his interaction with the other Lakeland poets. A pity...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great little stop for the literary nerds we are. The price for the tour and museum access is only 8 pounds each, which is a great price for the amount of information you get. We also loved the garden around the cottage.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve wanted to go here for ages and when we eventually got here it is brilliant,we payed to go in the house(£8.00 pounds each worth every penny)we had a old lady take us through the rooms and tell us the whole story of the life...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour through Wordsworth’s well kept home.. Well informed guide and friendly approach. Thank you!

Thank Batlow1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my wife and neither of us are hugely into Wordsworth - we were in the area and decided it’d be a nice hour or so. It was interesting and the tour guide was very good taking us round the cottage with interesting stories...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being Easter Sunday, we expected lots of visitors, but it was just us on the mid-morning tour. We learned a lot about Wordsworth, and enjoyed seeing inside the cottage, with its quirky features and interesting furnishings. Afterwards we were able to look around the garden,...More

1  Thank AussiesBallarat
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This afternoon I visited the home of a very wonderful poet. The home of William Wandsworth was quaint and lovely. I found the tour slightly expensive for the duration and experience but I do believe it goes to a good cause. The tour was lovely...More

Thank Albert P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guide that showed us around Dove Cottage was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the house and its history. Her passion for the house and its former inhabitants made the visit memorable. Although the tour of the actual house is short, it is well worth...More

Thank Dan B
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Jo F
October 25, 2016|
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Response from WordsworthTrust | Property representative |
Hi Jo, As others have indicated, we don't allow dogs in the Cottage or Museum, but they are welcome in the cafe and there are lots of dog friendly walks around.
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