Wordsworth House and Garden

Important notice -

On Friday 3 June, Wordsworth House and Garden will close at 3pm, with last entry at 2pm. Sadly, this is because we'll be attending the funeral of a colleague.

Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home

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Things to see and do

" Lovely, lovely staff. Their commitment, knowledge and quiet enthusiasm quite bowled us over."
- Mr and Mrs Gilson, Wells, Somerset
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What's on

Beatrix Potter in Hill Top porch, Cumbria

Join us in 2016 

From our special 150th-anniversary exhibitions of Beatrix Potter’s original artwork, to tours, talks and family trails, there’s lots going on over the spring at William’s childhood home.

Upcoming events

Two Bad Mice: mischief in Beatrix Potter's tales

Sun 29 May 2016
11:00-16:00
Revisit the magic of childhood with this special exhibition of Beatrix's original artwork to celebrate her 150th anniversary. Free with entry to house and garden

Bug hunters and explorers

Sun 29 May 2016
11:00-16:00
Go wild like Beatrix and William, hunting for bugs in the garden, or delve into the nooks and crannies of this intriguing house with the help of a family explorer bag.

Get cooking in the kitchen

Mon 30 May 2016
11:30-15:30
Beatrix Potter loved her porridge! Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making a traditional Cumbrian recipe

Beatrix Potter by the fire

Tue 31 May 2016
11:30-12:00
Get cosy by the kitchen fire as Beatrix Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.

Make your mark as a Georgian

Wed 01 Jun 2016
11:30-15:30
Learn about 18th-century letter writing, pen a missive or poem of your own and seal it the Georgian way.

Become a natural artist

Thu 02 Jun 2016
11:30-15:30
Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.
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Eating

A display of cakes at the National Trust's Wordsworth House café

Our café 

All the cakes, scones and soups in our cosy little 18-seat café are locally made. Why not drop in for morning coffee, a light lunch or a cream tea? It's a lovely place to relax with friends or family.

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History

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Our work

A maid preparing a bonnet at Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

My dream job 

Julia Routledge spends her working day dressed as Amy, the maid-of-all-work employed by William Wordsworth’s parents at his childhood home in Cockermouth.

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Get involved

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Learning

" A truly wonderful experience. The costumed maids, in particular, were so lovely with our daughter, helping her make clapbread."
- The Bond family, London
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Weddings