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

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s.

Today, this homely Georgian townhouse is peopled by our knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, the maid or manservant is hard at work – and keen to chat.

There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the working kitchen and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try our replica harpsichord.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and in the Wordsworth Room there are books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.

The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been when William played – and learned his love of nature – here.

Time to wake up

The dust sheets are coming off, the beds are being remade and the pots and pans are being polished for reopening on Saturday, 7 March. Follow the link to find out what we've got planned...

Free entry for locals

Visit on Saturday, 7 March or Sunday,
8 March with proof of your CA postcode and get free entry to the house and garden. Meet the servants on Saturday, or explore with an audio tour (£1.50) or family activity bag on Sunday. 

Work with us

We have a vacancy for a casual duty manager with excellent customer service and supervisory skills, who enjoys meeting people, being busy and thinking on their feet.

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers play a crucial part in making Wordsworth House and Garden a very special place to visit. If you have a few hours a week to spare, why not become part of our friendly team? 

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Musical interlude

Join us on a Tuesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.30pm to listen to sounds of the 18th century that William might have enjoyed, played on our replica harpsichord. If you're musical, you could even play a tune yourself.