The Welcome Parlour, one of the many period rooms at Coleridge Cottage © Caroline Taylor

The Welcome Parlour, one of the many period rooms at Coleridge Cottage

A quirky cottage

This humble Georgian home witnessed the birth of one of the greatest movements in English literature. Much of the inspiration for Coleridge's writing is still evident at Coleridge Cottage.

There is something for everyone here, whether you want to experience country life in a Georgian home or be inspired by Coleridge and his poetry.

Sara's kitchen

Discover more about the lives of Georgian women

Sara Coleridge was a hardworking wife, mother and housekeeper. Discover the everyday challenges she faced - from preparing food to striking a light for the fire - but watch out for the dripping laundry.

Second parlour

Experience the room which inspired the poem Frost at Midnight

Sit by the same fireplace where Coleridge penned Frost at Midnight, in which the poet discusses his childhood experiences. There are even some traditional toys to have fun with.

Reading room

Browse through our book collection in the Reading Room

Take a seat in our reading room and peruse our selection of books, or sit back and listen to poetry through our audio posts. The reading room is the ideal place to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Mouse hunt

Watch out for mouse-hunt cards and discover tiny titbits of trivia © Eleanor Scarfe

Watch out for mouse-hunt cards and discover tiny titbits of trivia

A plague of mice lived at the cottage when Coleridge and his family moved in on New Year's Eve 1796. Coleridge couldn't bring himself to set traps, as he thought it was 'against his hostly duties' to do so.

Keep an eye out for mouse-hunt cards around the cottage and discover their nibble sized facts.

Quill skills

Want to see your writing on the wall? © Dave Wood

Want to see your writing on the wall?

Have a go at writing with a quill and ink in our interpretation room and discover your inner poet.

Our favourite musings are pinned to the poetry board for others to enjoy.

Try it on

Try on our Georgian costumes © Geoff Pringle

Try on our Georgian costumes

Have you ever imagined what life would have been like hundreds of years ago?

Immerse yourself in Georgian history by dressing the part. We have costumes similar to those that Coleridge and his wife would have worn for you to try on.

Explore the cottage collection

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's decorative inkstand © Seamus McKenna

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's decorative inkstand

Discover our diverse collection of treasures, from Coleridge's decorative inkstand to a first edition of one of the most celebrated texts in the history of English Romanticism. Keep an eye out for locks of the poet's hair.