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“Wordsworth and his harem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wordsworth Museum

Wordsworth Museum
Ranked #9 of 20 things to do in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Attached to Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum lets visitors discover Wordsworth's amazing life and what inspired and influenced him. Orphaned as a child, he attended Cambridge University then went on a walking trip across Europe during the French Revolution. He returned to England, determined to change English literature by writing in language that everyone could understand and about subjects that would outrage the establishment. Displays include pictures, letters, personal possessions and original manuscripts, written in his own hand, showing how he amended and re-wrote his work, striving for the perfect expression of his ideas - which still are relevant today.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wordsworth and his harem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

The cottage where Wordsworth spent 7 years of his life was very well presented and evocative. The Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and answered endless questions with patience. In Wordsworth's day people were so used to living in cramped conditions - but I suppose that it was easier to keep warm that way. Wordsworth had is sister, wife and sister-in-law all looking after him. No wonder he had time to get inspired!

The museum is very good and provided a lot of background information and well as showing artefacts.

Tours of the house are timetabled.

All staff were very helpful and friendly.

Visited September 2013
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Stratford-upon-Avon
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

A most well presented and complete museum of Wordsworth's life and times. Helpful and knowledgeable staff make this attraction well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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london
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Even for non-Wordsworth aficionados, this museum is charming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

The exhibits are varied and well laid out. Every poem is set in its context, with paintings and illustrations alongside, recordings by others of WW's poems, many fascinating letters written by his sister.

Visited September 2013
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“If you're in the area, then go.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you're not in the area and make a special journey from, let's say, America, you may be disappointed. Interesting overall. Take the tour of the cottage, we had an excellent guide, with a great sense of humour.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Interesting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We didn't visit this year, but we have been previously. Interesting little cottage showing an insight into how the Wordsworth lived. Usually there is a different exhibition each year, and frequent talks.

Visited August 2013
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