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Address: Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
Phone Number:
+44 15394 35544
09:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved poet. His life was a series of...

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.

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Once a pub, Dove Cottage is where Wordsworth lived and wrote his most famous poetry. All Lake Poet Lovers must go there so it tends to be very crowded and it is not nearly as... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Annabelle H
Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once a pub, Dove Cottage is where Wordsworth lived and wrote his most famous poetry. All Lake Poet Lovers must go there so it tends to be very crowded and it is not nearly as impressive as Rydal Mount.

Thank Annabelle H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dove cottage; the staff were friendly and very informative (unlike the dim-witted staff at Rydal Mount). They have continuous tours throughout the day, and at least when we visited, it was a small group, which was all the better. In addition to the cottage, there is a museum that houses many... More 

1 Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very enjoyable tour - well worth it. We went early so there was no queue. Suspect it gets a lot busier however the tours are every 30 minutes so if it is busy maybe get one for later and stroll into Grasmere for a browse / refreshments.

Thank Pentlander
Vernon, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent tour, extremely knowledgable guide who brought it all to life. Like most people I know of Wordsworth through school but I wouldn't say I'm a poetry fan as such, yet I loved the story and walk through. I would say, the guide revived my interest , the cottage and its surroundings/the view are so beautiful even I could have... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful little house where Wordsworth and his sister lived is well worth a visit. The house is on two floors so not suitable for all abilities, and the gardens are lovely but again there are a lot of steps to the top. Our guide (I think she was called Christine) was very knowledgeable and made our visit very pleasant... More 

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Workington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You buy the ticket in the shop next to the house, which also includes a visit to the Wordsworth museum. The gentleman serving us was ever so helpful, as my wife who is partially sighted, gave me free admission as I was her guide... The tours round the house are every half hour, and as it is so small, limited... More 

3 Thank alisdair t
Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had visited Dove Cottage at school many years ago but now there is the Wordsworth museum included. This is not included on the National Trust membership but it is only around £8 and it is extremely interesting with lots to see. Sarah gave our group a tour around the cottage and there are lots or interesting artefacts from the... More 

Thank Sophie-Ashton
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the tour was great and the guide was great with questions and knowledge levels. peaceful and the museum is brilliant as well. inspiring for any fan of Wordsworth or english poets

Thank Sean A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driven past many times over the years but as it was wet decided to have a look round. Glad we did. Really enjoyable. The staff were all spot on. Knew their stuff. Very friendly. Would be ideal for families, plenty structured to keep them happy. I believe it gets busy at certain times, so a wet day at the end... More 

Thank Jim T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth enjoyed some of his most productive years as a poet, is a real must-see for his devotees. It is run by the Wordsworth Trust & can be found tucked away from the main road out of Grasmere. The cottage has been kept much as it was in William & Dorothy's day so visitors can get an... More 

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