Opening times for 30 November 2023
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Assistance dogs only
Available for functions
Lift to ground floor, first floor accessible only by stairs. Free audio tour for visitors unable to access first floor. Accessible toilet.
Off A66, on Cockermouth Main Street
Parking: No on-site parking. Use town centre car parks (not National Trust). Closest is long-stay car park signposted as coach park, 300 yards away on Wakefield Road, CA13 0HR. Walk back over footbridge to house
Sat Nav: CA13 9RX. Entrance on Main Street, not side gate on Low Sand Lane
Close to town car parks and bus stop. Entrance on Main Street, not via side gate on Low Sand Lane
Workington 8 miles; Maryport 6½ miles
X4 or X5 from Penrith, Keswick or Workington to Cockermouth
NCN71 (C2C) and NCN10 (Reivers) pass door
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The house is peopled by friendly, knowledgeable guides. There is real food on the dining table and a fire burning in the kitchen grate.
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 2023 we have a special exhibition "Much favor'd in my birthplace": memories of a house and a town with stories and memories of the life and times in Cockermouth. In the downstairs discovery room, there is a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy and his key role in the founding of the National Trust. Souvenirs and second-hand books are available in our visitor welcome area.
The beautiful riverside garden that gave William lifelong inspiration is packed with 18th-century varieties of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, and the River Derwent runs behind William’s beloved terrace walk. The visitor offer in the back rooms (excluding the exhibition space) is hands-on to make you feel at home.
In the front rooms there are no ropes and barriers, but we ask you not to touch the objects.
Pre-booking is not needed, but timed tickets may operate on busy days.
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