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Notice: The footbridge from Wakefield Road car park is closed for repairs, so if you park there, you will need to take the road bridge over the river to get to Wordsworth House. This is a level 600-metre walk. The Sullart Street and Sainsbury's car parks are closer, at 350 metres, but both involve an uphill walk back. If this is too much for you, if possible, please arrange to be dropped off and picked up outside Wordsworth House.

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.

Term-time treats

Our term-time programme includes house tours (Monday and Thursday), harpsichord recitals (Tuesday pm) and costumed servant talks (Wednesday and Saturday). Tours and talks are at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

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?

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.

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Your memories

William was the original wild child. His outdoor upbringing gave him a love of nature and a fund of happy memories, which he shared in his poems. What are your favourite childhood memories?