Things to see & do

The garden where William played is packed with heritage plants © Val Corbett

The garden where William played is packed with heritage plants

A naturally inspiring house and garden

It was in this bustling family home and its flower-filled garden that William Wordsworth learned the twin loves of literature and nature that turned him into one of the world’s favourite poets.

Explore at your own pace, or join a special talk or tour to find out more about the happiness and heartache that shaped the original wild child.

Time for tours, tunes, talks and trails…

Our term-time programme includes house and garden tours, harpsichord recitals and costumed servant talks. Families can follow a trail, dress up, play with toys or turn detective with an Explorer Bag.

Don't miss

  • Make yourself at home in our hands-on rooms
  • Chat to the maid or manservant in the working kitchen
  • Learn the horrible truth about Georgian life
  • Taste an 18th-century recipe
  • Explore the heritage vegetable and flower gardens
  • Listen to poetry in the summerhouse
  • Visit our Scots Dumpy chickens
  • Indulge yourself in the cosy café
  • Browse in our shop

Meet the ghosts in Wordsworth’s cellar

Spooked: The maid meets a ghostly manservant in Wordsworth House’s cellar

A host of ghostly characters, including 13-year-old William and Bill, the grumpy manservant, have moved in to share haunting and often heartbreaking tales of life in this late 18th-century household.