Experience Georgian life at first hand
The heritage apples are ripening in the garden, while inside William Wordsworth’s childhood home, brightly polished furniture, gleaming copper pots and the crackling kitchen fire cast a welcoming autumnal glow.
The dining table is set with real food, and the room guides and costumed servants are in position to share their stories about the Wordsworths – and some of the house’s other colourful residents.
On Mondays and Thursdays during term time, 30-minute house taster tours offer an insight into the family life that forged one of our best-loved poets. The tours, which are free with entry, are at 11.30am and 2.30pm. They’re very popular, though, so please arrive in plenty of time.
On Tuesday 15, 22 and 29 September at 11.30am, our gardener will be leading tours of William’s childhood garden, while one of our harpsichord volunteers is at the keyboard in the drawing room every Tuesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, playing some of the music he might have enjoyed.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the maid or manservant is hard at work in the kitchen – and keen to chat. The servants also give special 20-minute talks on William’s childhood or the horrible truth about Georgian life. Talks, which cost £2, are at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
On Sundays, families can borrow Explorer Bags full of trails, tools and toys to help them delve into the nooks and crannies of the house and garden.
When you go round the house, look out for some unique artworks made from found objects by the staff, who have been accessing their inner ‘wild child’.
Whatever day you visit, reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – are waiting in the children’s bedroom. The quills and ink are ready in the clerk’s office, while in the kitchen, there’s an 18th-century recipe to taste. And, if you have a musical bent, feel free to pick out a tune on the harpsichord yourself.