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Address: Dove Cottage A591, 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

Attached to Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum lets visitors discover...

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.

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As a former literary student it was amazing to visit the Museum. I found it quite inspirational. The copies of the manuscripts were exciting to see. It was amazing to be able... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 November 2016
Arbroath, United Kingdom
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

As a former literary student it was amazing to visit the Museum. I found it quite inspirational. The copies of the manuscripts were exciting to see. It was amazing to be able to visit his family Church and grave to complete the tour.

Thank Iain4545
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Checked out the museum while visiting Dove Cottage - definitely worth looking through - managed to write something using a quill pen - very messy - and found out Mr Wordsworth had sired a daughter while visiting in France - naughty boy! But it made him seem more human than just a legendary poet - and also some good stuff... More 

Thank Grant N
Dalbeattie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Run by a private trust, Wordsworth's Dove Cottage and Museum is definitely worth a visit. Very good information on Wordsworth, his friends and life during that period. Staff are friendly and informative. Well presented house.

Thank Tony H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Lots to see and do. Lift to upper floor and accessible for wheelchairs. Lots of local and regional history. Lovely sections for children including writing with a quill, poetry writing and dressing up/photo opportunities. A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours

Thank Lisa K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

If you love getting to know a person just a little through their possessions, try a walk through William's life. He was a man of integrity and charm. Pause and stand in his shoes a while. You will be richer for it.

Thank Susan F
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I wasn't expecting much on visiting Dove Cottage but was pleasantly surprised. The guide was informative, helpful and answered questions. Unfortunately being in a wheelchair I could only see 3 rooms downstairs, but I was given a folder with pictures and information of what was upstairs. Well worth a visit, even if you're not especially interested in Wordsworth. Parking is... More 

Thank Vanessa S
Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

It was a wet day in July and we spent over an hour in here. We could have spent longer but lunch was calling! Lots and lots to read - we thought we knew most of what was to be known about Wordsworth and his family - we were wrong. And there were lots of hands on exhibits which we... More 

Thank Barbara V
Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This is the exhibition space that complements Dove Cottage itself - upstairs is full of well-chosen details to give a strong sense of the life of the writer and his family, and downstairs you'll find specialist exhibitions, changed annually. Always interesting, and worth repeat visits!

Thank GlynEvans
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

For £8, which also includes entry to Wordsworth's house - Dove Cottage, this wasn't too bad for a small, niche museum. However, you do need to know about Wordsworth before you go as the information inside assumes visitors have good knowledge and this is more to enhance, rather than inform from little or no prior knowledge.

Thank methenomad
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is actually the cottage where the great romantic poet William Wordsworth lived much of his life. The cottage itself it quite beautiful, but the gardens are not to be missed. You can see how they provided their owner with great inspiration. See the house and take a long leisurely stroll through the beautiful grounds. You can also take... More 

Thank Hristijan G

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