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Notice: Wordsworth House and Garden will be closed to visitors until 2pm on Saturday, 28 March because we are hosting a wedding. The shop and cafe will be open all day as normal.

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.

Be an ‘eggsplorer’

From Good Friday to Easter Monday, we’re running special Cadbury Easter egg trails in William's garden, with a Cadbury chocolate Egghead at the end for every child. Trails cost £1.50.

Wild memories

Wordsworth 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?

Easter holiday fun

Dress up, play with reproduction toys, write with a quill and ink, or listen to some spooky stories... There's lots happening at Wordsworth House and Garden over the Easter holidays.

Come for a drink

All set. Food and wine on the dining table at Wordsworth House

We’re holding an evening of fine wines and local cheeses, hosted by Nick Shill of Shill’s delicatessen, on Thursday,
23 April. It includes an insight into weird Georgian drinking habits. Tickets cost £25. To book, call 01900 824805.

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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.