Wordsworth House and Garden

Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home

Wordsworth House and Garden

Things to see and do

" The toilets were worth a visit alone"
- The Harrisons, Chipping, Lancashire
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What's on

Beatrix Potter in Hill Top porch, Cumbria

Join us in 2016 

From our special 150th-anniversary exhibitions of Beatrix Potter’s original artwork, to tours, talks and family trails, there’s lots going on over the spring at William’s childhood home.

Upcoming events

Beatrix Potter and a love of the northern lakes

Tue 26 Jul 2016
11:00-16:00
Discover how this beautiful part of the Lake District inspired some of Beatrix's most famous tales with a special exhibition to celebrate her 150th anniversary. Free with entry to house and garden.

Beatrix Potter by the fire

Tue 26 Jul 2016
11:30-12:00
Get cosy by the kitchen fire as Beatrix Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.

Playthings and pastimes

Wed 27 Jul 2016
11:30-12:00
Learn from the servants how the Georgians amused themselves then have a go at some of the games they played.

Become a natural artist

Thu 28 Jul 2016
11:30-15:30
Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

Beatrix's birthday picnic in the garden

Thu 28 Jul 2016
11:30-15:30
Bring your favourite Beatrix Potter toy and a picnic lunch to get in free.

Bug hunters and explorers

Sat 30 Jul 2016
11:00-16:00
Go wild like Beatrix and William, hunting for bugs in the garden, or delve into the nooks and crannies of this intriguing house with the help of a family explorer bag.
" What a lovely house, wonderful atmosphere, lovely staff"
- The Swinburnes, Wirral, Merseyside
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Eating and shopping

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History

" The happiness the Wordsworth children experienced still radiates here"
- Mr and Mrs Mutch, Alberta, Canada
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Our work

A maid preparing a bonnet at Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

My dream job 

Julia Routledge spends her working day dressed as Amy, the maid-of-all-work employed by William Wordsworth’s parents at his childhood home in Cockermouth.

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Get involved

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Learning

" A truly wonderful experience. The costumed maids, in particular, were so lovely with our daughter, helping her make clapbread."
- The Bond family, London
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Weddings