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“Fascinating insight into the lives of the Lakeland poets”
Review of Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating insight into the lives of the Lakeland poets”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Fascinating insight into the life of William Wandsworth, his family and the lives of the Lakeland poets. The house is only small and you have timed entry. We had a very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. Afterwards you can go into the Wandsworth museum that has a number of portraits of the Lakeland poets and also a history of their lives and times.

Visited October 2012
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Dove Cottage. Very atmospheric and personal”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

William Wordsworth's inspirational home for about eight years. Entrance to the Cottage and Museum was £7.50 for adults. I thought that it was a little expensive but, after visiting both attractions, it turned out to be a bargain. You can wander around the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery unaccompanied but you must take a guided tour of Dove Cottage itself. We loved the personal effects and photographs of Wordsworth, his sister and contemporaries, some of whom were drug inspired. We were a bit disappointed that we could not take a few photographs in Dove Cottage though.

The guide was excellent. She had a lot of knowledge of both Wordsworth and his friends but also of the world in which he lived. Well worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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Alsager, United Kingdom
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“Part of our Heritage”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

What interesting morning we spent looking and being part of the home of one our most famous poets. The guide was not only interesting but had a great wealth of knowledge about her subject. She not only knew about Wordsworth but also the times he lived in. We went on a misty, dank Saturday morning which in truth added to the experience as it made Dove Cottage the dark atmospheric place it used to be. Worth a visit and the price was just as we expected.

Visited October 2012
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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“Well worth visiting”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We're not huge fans of the poetry of William Wordsworth but this was extremely interesting all the same, especially when combined with the Wordsworth museum next door. We'd avoided Dove Cottage in the past, imagining that we'd be herded round as quickly as possible in a huge group of tourists, but this wasn't the case at all. The tour took about 25 minutes and the accompanying talk was extremely informative and humorous too. It provided a real insight into the Wordsworths' lives and I've now bought an edition of Dorothy's journal.

Visited October 2012
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“Atmospheric visit”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We loved this, and were lucky enough to be part of a very small group of 7, which allowed us to feel the beauty and atmosphere. Abby, who did the tour, was super. She was very knowledgeable, but delivered it with laughter and a lightness of touch which made the past seem very close

Visited October 2012
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