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Notice: On Monday 3 June and Saturday 6 July, last entry to Wordsworth House and Garden will be at 1pm and we will be closing at 2pm.
Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth's childhood home
A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.
This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.
Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s.
There are daily ten-minute talks, poetry readings, children’s trails and tastings of recipes the Wordsworths’ servants might have prepared. During school holidays, there is also a full programme of family activities.
Make yourself at home in the hands-on rooms – including an amazing working Georgian kitchen – help the servants with their chores, listen to their tales of life with the family, and learn the fascinating story of the house and garden.
Grown-ups and children can write with a quill pen and ink, dress up in replica 18th-century clothes, play with replica toys, listen to the harpsichord and browse the books.
New for 2013, we have recreated the Wordsworth family’s cellar larder for you to explore, and you can unleash your inner writer, play some word games or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere in our revamped Wordsworth Room.
Meanwhile, in our lovely garden, we have a fabulous new exhibition of up-cycled textiles by local artist Dianne Standen.
The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been in William’s day.
It was this garden, and the unspoiled surrounding countryside, that sparked the love of nature that continued through his life and inspired so many of his poems.
After a stroll around it, you might feel inspired to write something yourself.
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Fletch, our perchcrow – so called because he couldn’t scare anything – blogs about life at Wordsworth House and in our lovely heritage garden.