For groups

The Wordsworths, their friends and servants enjoy a get-together © Mike Cable

The Wordsworths, their friends and servants enjoy a get-together

Make the most of your time with us

Bring your group to Wordsworth House and Garden and enjoy a special guided tour or an exclusive talk about Georgian life or William’s poetic inspiration. Explore the rest of the house at your leisure and relax in the garden. Have a light lunch or homemade cake in our cafe, then browse in the shop for Wordsworth souvenirs and local treats.

Tour William’s childhood playground

The walled garden at Wordsworth House is packed with historic varieties

The garden that inspired William's love of nature is packed with 18th-century varieties of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. Why not book an exclusive guided tour with our head gardener?

Choose a 10-minute talk by a servant

  • The original wild child: How William's outdoor childhood turned him into one of the world's favourite poets
  • Playthings and pastimes: Bizarre Georgian leisure pursuits from jingling to goose pulling
  • Etiquette and excess: The glories of 18th-century dining
  • Turnip wine and capon ale: A tour of Georgian drinking habits

Delve deeper with a 20-minute talk

  • Poetic remembrances of Cockermouth: How the happiness – and tragedy – of William’s early childhood forged one of our best-loved poets
  • The horrible truth about Georgian life: What it was really like to live in the 18th century
  • Ghostly fireside tales: Traditional Cumbrian spooky stories William might have enjoyed