Wordsworth House and Garden

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

Wordsworth House and Garden

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

Thu 05 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

At home with the Wordsworths

Thu 05 May 2016
11:30-12:00
Join us for a 30-minute guided house tour and enjoy a personal insight into the family life that forged one of our greatest poets.

Two wild children: Beatrix and William

Sat 07 May 2016
11:30-11:45
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix's birth with a special 10-minute talk about how the natural world shaped these inspirational figures.

Hard at work for the Wordsworths

Sat 07 May 2016
14:30-14:45
Meet the maid or manservant and take in a 10-minute talk about William's childhood or the harsh realities of 18th-century life.

Bug hunters and explorers

Sun 08 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.

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 10 May 2016
13:30-15:30
Listen to some of the music William might have enjoyed, played on our replica harpsichord - and perhaps even play a tune yourself.
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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