Take a tour of Coleridge Cottage

Hat and scarf in second parlour, Coleridge Cottage

This humble Georgian home witnessed the birth of one of the greatest movements in English literature. Much of the inspiration for Coleridge's writing is still evident at Coleridge Cottage. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to experience country life in a Georgian home or be inspired by Coleridge and his poetry.

Sit by the same fireplace where Coleridge penned Frost at Midnight, in which the poet discusses his childhood experiences. There are even some traditional toys to have fun with.

Reading room

Take a seat in our reading room and peruse our selection of books, or sit back and listen to poetry through our audio posts. The reading room is the ideal place to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Mouse hunt

A plague of mice lived at the cottage when Coleridge and his family moved in on New Year's Eve 1796. Coleridge couldn't bring himself to set traps, as he thought it was 'against his hostly duties' to do so.
Keep an eye out for mouse-hunt cards around the cottage and discover their nibble sized facts.

Quill skills

Have a go at writing with a quill and ink in our interpretation room and discover your inner poet.
Our favourite musings are pinned to the poetry board for others to enjoy.

Try it on

Have you ever imagined what life would have been like hundreds of years ago?
Immerse yourself in Georgian history by dressing the part. We have costumes similar to those that Coleridge and his wife would have worn for you to try on.

Explore the cottage collection

Discover our diverse collection of treasures, from Coleridge's decorative inkstand to a first edition of one of the most celebrated texts in the history of English Romanticism. Keep an eye out for locks of the poet's hair.