Wordsworth House and Garden

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

Wordsworth House and Garden

Things to see and do

" Lovely, lovely staff. Their commitment, knowledge and quiet enthusiasm quite bowled us over."
- Mr and Mrs Gilson, Wells, Somerset
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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

Two Bad Mice: mischief in Beatrix Potter's tales

Thu 05 May 2016
11:00-16:00
Revisit the magic of childhood with this special exhibition of Beatrix's original artwork to celebrate her 150th anniversary. Free with entry to house and garden

Two wild children: Beatrix and William

Sat 07 May 2016
11:30-11:45
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix's birth with a special 10-minute talk about how the natural world shaped these inspirational figures.

Hard at work for the Wordsworths

Sat 07 May 2016
14:30-14:45
Meet the maid or manservant and take in a 10-minute talk about William's childhood or the harsh realities of 18th-century life.

Bug hunters and explorers

Sun 08 May 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.

At home with the Wordsworths

Mon 09 May 2016
11:30-12:00
Join us for a 30-minute guided house tour and enjoy a personal insight into the family life that forged one of our greatest poets.

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 10 May 2016
13:30-15:30
Listen to some of the music William might have enjoyed, played on our replica harpsichord - and perhaps even play a tune yourself.
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Eating

A display of cakes at the National Trust's Wordsworth House café

Our café 

All the cakes, scones and soups in our cosy little 18-seat café are locally made. Why not drop in for morning coffee, a light lunch or a cream tea? It's a lovely place to relax with friends or family.

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History

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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