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Address: Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
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+44 15394 35544
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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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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 Tour

If you are a fan of Wordsworth, you need to visit Dove Cottage. This was so interesting! We had a great guide, Ruth, who explained the history of the cottage and Wordsworth's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a fan of Wordsworth, you need to visit Dove Cottage. This was so interesting! We had a great guide, Ruth, who explained the history of the cottage and Wordsworth's family's life there. There is also a very interesting museum associated with the cottage.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole experience-from having to knock on the front door to be let in to coal fires burning in all of the rooms - made this visit really memorable and enjoyable. Our guide was brilliant-so knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a great deal. (We didn't catch her name but she had long brown hair.) She did everything she could to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

A fascinating tour around the house with a well informed guide who was happy to answer all questions. Quirky items and the stories told by the guide made the house come to life. Wordsworth's suitcase for a 6-week European tour would barely have been large enough for a modern woman's make-up & toiletries, let alone any clothing! Although Wordsworth only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

It has been many years since we visited Dove Cottage, in that time the experience has improved enornously. The guided tour of the cottage was well presented - informative and friendly. The Museum was full of interesting facts and documents about Wordsworth and his contemporaries. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Lovely small property. Visited in an extremely cold winters day and the roaring coal fires made the visit more evocative. The house has a number of personal items of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. The tour was informative and friendly. The museum was also well worth a visit. The garden is small but at the top of the garden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

A fascinating insight into William Wordsworth at Dove Cottage. A lot of original Wordsworth possessions, coupled with an extensive Wordsworth Museum, made the experience very worthwhile. Our guide was a mine of useful information and made the visit 'come alive'.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Very well presented with staff who are keen to assist and can answer any of your questions, they really are Wordsworth people. The gift shop is well laid out with all ages catered for, including a selection of out of print literature.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Well worth a visit - an interesting tour around the cottage then left to look around on you own. Good parking. very nice cafe for lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Well a great big Thankyou to Vio, Family and staff for making our pre wedding party feel so special. The place, the atmosphere, the food, pizza and the BBQ at the end of October was absolutely superb. A lovely place to stop off and visit Wordsworth's home, take a walk and stay for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and scones... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

We are great advocates of the Wordsworth trust and all the work they do in preserving the legacy of such an important figure in English literature..We are also impressed with the groundwork they are doing to encourage young children to build there appreciation for there heritage.. However after a visit today to Dove cottage we left feeling disappointed.. This is... More 

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WordsworthTrust, Guest Relations Manager at Dove Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you Paul B for your review, please be reassured that we are taking it seriously and are looking into the details. If you would like to contact us direct on enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk we can speak to you in person regarding your visit. More 

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