Welcome to the home of William Wordsworth – Wordsworth House, Cumbria

Two staff members dressed in costume enjoying a conversation at the front entrance of Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian gem town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants, Wordsworth House and Garden offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to experience life in the 1770s.

Meet the servants

The house is peopled by friendly, knowledgeable guides, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays in term-time and throughout the school holidays, the maid-of-all-work is cooking in the kitchen – and always keen to stop for a chat.

There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the kitchen grate and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try the replica harpsichord.

Child’s play

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes; there is a daily children’s trail, and down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.

The exhibition rooms house a changing programme of displays. In the discovery room, there is a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy and his key role in the founding of the National Trust, along with family games and activities.

A feast for the senses

The lovely riverside garden that gave him lifelong inspiration is packed with 18th-century varieties of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, and there is a mini flock of heritage chickens waiting to meet you in the small walled garden.

The garden where William loved to play is a great place to let off steam
A group of children in dressing up clothes run through a garden
The garden where William loved to play is a great place to let off steam