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“Well done NT” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wordsworth House and Garden

Wordsworth House and Garden
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Cockermouth
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Owner description: This 18th-century Georgian town house was the birthplace and childhood residence of the English poet William Wordsworth.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Well done NT”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Saved from being demolished to make way for a bus station it has also survived the floods of Nov 2009. Gardens have been restored very well and are now looking great. House gives you a great insight to live in the Wordsworth era. Only my opinion but a little over priced compared to some of NT's properties.

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A Gem close to home”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

A first visit to this charming NT property and the refurbished Cockermouth after the floods. The best car parking is on the other side of the river behind the property with a short walk over the bridge. It turned out to be a great day of relaxation overall with the House and Gardens proving to be much better than we had expected and, with the benefit of glorious sunshine, proving to be a great source of competition photographs for our main hobby. The volunteer guides were exceptionally friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and we were treated to a wonderful impromptu recital on the reproduction Harpsichord. Long may this change in NT philosophy continue. Wordsworth House does not provide any in-depth insight into Wordsworth as a writer but it does provide some valuable social commentary and leaves lots of scope for the imagination. It presents what it has very well and, if you are sensitive to such things, has some quite noticeable atmospheric differences within the rooms. It could be that the NT staff are generating the atmosphere and, if they are the source, well done. The visit has recharged our batteries to go visiting NT properties again but there will always be the concern that we will encounter the traditional old guard once through the doors.

Visited August 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Where Wordsworth was born”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

A National Trust property. Interesting house at the end of the High Street. Rooms on the ground and first floors set out as they would have been in the late 1700s. Small garden outside. Shop and cafe attached to property. No parking at the house, some on High Street, if you are lucky, (disc parking).

Visited August 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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“Good place to visit on a rainy day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

Interesting to see the birthplace of this great poet. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable. We liked the kitchen demonstration of making clap cake and the lovely gardens. It is not the best that the National Trust has to offer but an interesting place to visit on a rainy day in the lakes.

Visited July 2012
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North West UK
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86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Worth a visit but not a "must do" attraction”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

We like the national trust and everything it stands for but sometimes it does rather make an awful lot out of very little.
This is the home of wordsworths early years and attempts have been made to restore it to the style of the time. It's a fascinating social commentary but the links to Wordsworth as a writer are, at best, tenuous.
There are some interesting kitchen facts and period demonstrations and its ok for a "rainy day" visit when there's not a lot to do.
I noticed a lift access for people who have difficulty with stairs and the staff are very helpful and informative which is always a bonus
There's small cafe which is cosy and if nothing else NT usually offers up great tea and cakes. However, on this occasion, the cakes were noticeably lacking in quality.

Visited June 2012
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