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Notice: We're hosting a wedding on Saturday, September 6, so last entry to the house and garden will be at 2.30pm. We hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone too much.

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 knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, 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.

Make yourself at home in the hands-on rooms – including an amazing working Georgian kitchen – taste an 18th-century recipe, listen to tales of life with the family, and learn the fascinating story of the house and garden.

The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been in William’s day.

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.

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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.