Rydal Mount & Gardens
Rydal Mount & Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rydal Mount, the last family home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850, now belongs to the direct descendants of the Poet and remains a lived-in family home. The dining room, part of the old Tudor cottage, with its original flagged floor and oak beams, contrasts pleasingly with the larger proportions of the drawing room and library, added in 1750. The house contains works of art, furniture, manuscripts and many of the Poet's books and personal possessions, reflecting his life here. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it, consisting of fell-side terraces, lawns, rock pools and a 9th century Norse mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display.
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Karen
Oxford, UK6 contributions
Best time of year as the daffodils were in full bloom. Visit early in the day to have space wot wander around without hordes of other visitors. Great view of the lake. Beautifully maintained with sympathetic plantings that reflect the orginal design.
Written March 27, 2022
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Thank you! We think the daffodils are lovelier than ever this year, although the garden looks gorgeous all year round. Hope you'll come again!
Written April 3, 2022
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N S
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The visit had to be pre-booked and online I could only buy 2 tickets when my family size is 3. I emailed them and they got back to me quickly saying we could all come as we were within the same family bubble. At the site, they were aware of my situation and had informed all the team so communication was very good. And the team were very friendly and helpful.The house itself is an amazing historical gem and probably needs no further recommendation to lovers of poetry and Wordworth. But in these times of covid, they had taken great effort to ensure social distancing by only allowing 2 families in at one time and even then ensuring the families were distanced. The windows were left open and face coverings were worn by all team members inside the house. There were sanitizers at all the entrances and exits. This was very reassuring.
The gardens were really beautiful at this time of the year and the little cafe was serving food outside.
Written August 28, 2020
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mcc409
Edinburgh, United Kingdom39 contributions
The guided tour of the house was expertly led by Leo whose presentation was engaging, often surprising, and most informative - not a dull moment. It was fascinating to see so much original material and furinishings which belonged to Wordsworth and his immediate family and to learn about his radical views, the family's lifestyle and the friends and literary figures they hosted in their home.

The gardens were a delight and it would be possible to spend several hours there; many parts are quite easily accessible but if you want to explore the steep slopes and stepped areas surrounding the more formal garden a walking pole or stick might be useful. Views to the lake which Wordsworth would have enjoyed are now somewhat obscured by the majestic trees which have grown since his day, but there are tantalising glimpses. It's a pleasant place to sit and contemplate.
Written September 15, 2022
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Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your time here!Come again soon!
Written September 17, 2022
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK7,744 contributions
Visited on Tuesday 18th May 2021 after a walk on the Coffin Trail from Grasmere to Rydal Mount & Gardens we had some crappy snacks and an overpriced walk around some quite frankly crappy gardens at Rydal Mount. When we arrived there was a complete lack of organisation and it felt like either volunteers or family members who literally didn't know what they were doing. The snack menu was limited but they couldn't even offer what was on the menu and the ordering was all over the place as the till didn't work, they had no change and contactless payment wasn't working. The fee for a walk around the gardens was £5, and this was way over the top as the gardens were glorified domestic gardens which would be fine without a fee but the fee indicates there is more to them. There were 2 employee gardeners sitting in the only 2 seats they provided a view and no intention to move when people were walking around. A bit of a car crash tbh.
Written July 5, 2021
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Oh dear, you did catch us on a bad day, it seems! Like many other organisations, opening up post-pandemic was tricky and we were doing our best. The gardens though...Wordsworth himself planned them, and we've been working to complete his ideas, and they seem to be very well loved. Why not come back in spring when the daffodils are out and give us another chance?
Written March 8, 2022
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Freddie H
3 contributions
Couples
So much more interesting than a visit to Dove Cottage - this was Wordsworth’s home for the latter part of his life and is still owned and lived in by his family. After being shown around by an expert guide you’re left to wander freely, with the house packed full of original letters, art, furniture and artefacts. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to visit and I will definitely be back - it’s now top of my list of places to recommend to friends visiting the Lakes.
Written August 17, 2021
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Wow, thank you! Obviously it’s OUR favourite part of the Lakes, too! So glad you enjoyed it here.
Written March 8, 2022
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Sophia S
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Charlotte our tour host was very knowledgeable and passionate. Every team member we met, from the cafe to the gardens, was lovely and loved what they were doing. The house is in very good condition and you can interact with certain pieces of furniture and items. The gardens are beautifully presented and you are free to wander around the house without the guide if you choose (though you'd be missing out). You can see where the ticket price is being spent.
Written August 30, 2022
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Thank you so much, Sophia, for a lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit here and hope to see you again.
Written September 5, 2022
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Peter b
Birmingham, UK781 contributions
Found the location whilst out walking the circular route of Rydal and Grasmere lakes. he grounds are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. When we travelled just over a week ago there was no booking required. The gardens are well worth a good walk around and there's an art trail - interesting. The waterfall or more rapids than falls are beautiful and well worth a look as is the very old think it was C13 but not sure and renovated to original design. The views through the window are beautiful. We chose the cafe on site where there was sanitiser at the door and a maximum of two allowed at one time 2 m spaced. They have a good assortment of homemade and tasty cakes, reasonably priced. There is outside seating only beside the falls, perfect setting. There are steps around some of the park so not sure about those with mobility problems.
Written August 10, 2020
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paulinel724
Manchester, UK15 contributions
Couples
Enjoyed our trip to Rydal Mount house and gardens. It was worth paying for the tour guide who was very informative and knowledgeable about the history of the house. We learned the interesting story of William Wordsworth and discovered facts we didn't know. The gardens are lovely and as they were almost in their original conditions as Wordsworth had made them it made it easy to imagine the poet wandering around the gardens or sitting in the summer house. We chatted to a gardener who told us more about the gardens and the history. The cafe provided us with a lovely cream tea at a reasonable price. Well worth a visit to this historical place.
Written July 31, 2022
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Thank you Pauline, we're so glad you enjoyed your time here. Keep checking our website for more special events, concerts, the Christmas fair etc. It will be lovely to see you again.
Written September 5, 2022
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Becky A
St. Albans, UK8 contributions
Family
The house tour guide insisted we wore masks even though the uk restrictions have been lifted. We were able to do so but I felt we could have had a warmer and more flexible welcome especially as we were the only people inside! The tour guide we had was not very engaging and we much preferred having time to explore ourselves and read the information. Very expensive for a family group at almost £50.
Written August 3, 2021
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Those were very tricky times indeed, Becky. There will always be people who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, and of course, not everybody had been vaccinated by then so we were operating on the side of caution. Here's to happier times in the new year.
Written March 8, 2022
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Jo Edwards
3 contributions
We loved the garden with 'secret' paths and hidden places to discover. The wild and untamed beauty of the surrounding countryside is reflected in the natural looking garden. wonderful old trees and many different shrubs and flowers. Splendid views with Rydal water temptingly close.
The house was full of interest and present Covid restrictions with prebooking and limited numbers mean it is uncrowded and easy to view ( though I would have liked a little longer inside).
Tea and coffee and a good choice of tempting cakes are available but served out doors with limited shelter so perhaps only possible on a fine day.
There are many other interesting places to visit within walking distance
Everyone was very helpful.
Written June 11, 2021
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