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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.

Join our friendly volunteer team

Wordsworth House and Garden reopens for the new season on Saturday, 7 March. If you have a few hours a week to spare, why not join the friendly team of volunteers who help to make it so special?

Latest news from Wordsworth House

We’ve put the house to bed for winter

The furniture is under dust sheets, the artefacts are wrapped and packed, and the rugs have been rolled up, but that doesn’t mean our work is done. Follow the link to find out what we're up to...

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