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Notice: Stage three of the Tour of Britain cycle race will start from outside Wordsworth House on Tuesday 8 September and the house will be closed for a private function until 1pm. After that, there will be free entry for all visitors. See below for more information – we hope you'll be able to join us!

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.

Summer family fun

Make wild art, join a snail race, play 18th-century games, help the servants, dress up or become a house detective and bug hunter: there's something different to do every day of the week!

Park and stride...

Tripping the light fantastic at the towns biennial Georgian Fair

... or stroll. We're in the centre of town with no on-site parking, so why not leave your or sedan chair – or car – across the river in Wakefield Road car park? It's £2 for two hours, £3.50 for four. We're just 300 metres away, over the footbridge.

Our cosy café

Our café seats just 18, and prep space is tight, so we can't offer sandwiches. But we do have delicious homemade cakes and scones, or why not join us for a light lunch of soup and crusty bread?

The Tour is coming!


Stage three of the Tour of Britain cycle race starts from outside Wordsworth House on Tuesday 8 September. Join us from 1pm for free entry and the chance to ride a pennyfarthing! Face-painting and children's art and craft workshops from 3pm.

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For the love of dogs

As adults, William and Dorothy had terrier Pepper, and when the Ellis family lived here in the 1930s, they had setter Rufus. Click below to meet Eric (above) and other Wordsworth House dogs.