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Review of Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage
Ranked #7 of 19 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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We recently visited Dove cottage in February. It's very quite in the Lake District at this time of year so we were the only people on the tour of Dove Cottage, so we basically had our own private tour! Our guide was fantastic, very passionate and informative. We also really enjoyed the exhibition of modern art that has been inspired by Wordsworths poetry in the museum behind the cottage. I would recommend a visit to Dove cottage to anyone but can imagine that it gets pack out in the high season.

Thank bowsera
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

I was so glad to find that it is open all year. We had a very informative guided tour of the house, and saw a lot of artefacts belonging to the Wordsworths on display.
The surroundings and garden were completely enchanting as well.

Thank janieGlasgow
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

It was a very cold wet day when we visited Dove Cottage and Museum. We really enjoyed our visit. The cottage is quite small but atmospheric. The guide was very interesting and informative. We then went into the museum and spent about an hour and a half there.

Thank DurhamAnne100
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

It was a wet and cold November day and after visiting the Wordsworth Museum we took the guided tour of his home, Dove Cottage. The guide was good, fluent and interesting and we leant much about the Lakeland poet and his family as well as the way they lived. If you are nearby , do this.

Thank AMLRadlett
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Whether you are a fan of Wordsworth or not, it's worth a visit to Dove Cottage.
Situated on the main road just out of Grasmere the cottage is now a major visitor attraction and includes a giuded tour of the house and entry to the musuem.
The house tour is excellent , well versed staff took us round, we weren't rushed, we had a chance to ask questions and it was great to get an insight into the lives of the lakeland poet.
A few tips..
1. Give yourself plenty of time to view the museum, there is a lot to take in
2. It's Probably not the most exciting place for young children and the house is impossible to get round if you have a buggy
3. For children wanting to try writing with a quill, (if there are any ???) go up to the museum and have a go, it's great.
4.Watch the video in the museum before you go round, it gives you the background to the poet and why he was important (if you don't know already and I didn't really)
5. Park in the car park at the entrance to Gramere the village ( its not cheap £5 for 4hours)
6. If you are studying Wordsworth, Coleridge for your degree or A levels, its worth a trip

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