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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.

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,
9 July. It includes an insight into weird Georgian dining habits. Tickets cost £25. To book, call 01900 824805.

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.

Go wild outdoors!

Getting closer to nature: A still from the film Project Wild Thing

Join us at 7pm on Friday, 3 July for a screening of Project Wild Thing, the film that's guaranteed to get you outdoors and having fun with your family! Followed by a glass of wine. Call 01900 824805 to book your free tickets.

Your 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?

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Tripping the light fantastic at the towns biennial Georgian Fair

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