Wordsworth House and Garden

Important notice -

On Saturday 23 July we will be hosting a wedding, so we'll be closed for part of the day. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause – please check here for an update before visiting us that day.

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

Two Bad Mice: mischief in Beatrix Potter's tales

Sun 26 Jun 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

Bug hunters and explorers

Sun 26 Jun 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 27 Jun 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.

Highlights of William's garden

Tue 28 Jun 2016
11:30-12:00
Meet the head gardener for a seasonal guided tour of the childhood playground that stimulated Wordsworth's poetic imagination.

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 28 Jun 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.

Two wild children: Beatrix and William

Wed 29 Jun 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.
" 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