Experience Georgian life at first hand

Costumed servants at work in the kitchen at Wordsworth House © John Millar

Costumed servants at work in the kitchen at Wordsworth House


The furniture is brightly polished, the copper pots are gleaming, the fire is crackling in the kitchen grate, and William Wordsworth’s childhood home is ready to receive visitors.

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 Tuesdays, one of our harpsichord volunteers is at the keyboard in the drawing room between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, playing some of the music William 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.

Join us at 7pm on Tuesday 9 June or Friday 3 July for a screening of Project Wild Thing. This fascinating film about getting children outdoors and back to nature is guaranteed to inspire you to spend more time having fun in the open air. The film is followed by a panel discussion and glass of wine in the Georgian kitchen. Call 01900 824805 to book your free tickets.