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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.

An autumn evening of ghostly goings on

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

Get cosy by the kitchen fire as our costumed servants tell spooky stories William and Dorothy might have enjoyed. Then explore their childhood home by lamplight. Sat, 1 Nov, 6-9pm. Call 01900 824805.

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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.