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Group and educational visits to Wordsworth House

Volunteer talking with visitors in the Dining Room at Wordsworth House, Cumbria
Volunteer talking with visitors in the Dining Room at Wordsworth House | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Group and school visits are always welcome at William Wordsworth’s childhood home. There is so much for your group to see and do, with a new exhibition annually, the garden changing with every season and the Georgian town of Cockermouth offering lots to explore. Find out all you need to know about booking your group and educational visit.

Group visits at Wordsworth House

If you book your group visit in advance, you can have a free 10-minute welcome talk by a member of staff.

Explore our local history exhibition, Much Favour'd in My Birthplace, and the rest of the house at your leisure. Relax in the garden, then have a browse for Wordsworth souvenirs and second-hand books.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Three people gaze into a display case in the exhibition room at Wordsworth House and Garden
Enjoying the new exhibition at Wordsworth House and Garden | © National Trust Images/ Paul Harris

Booking your group visit

To book your group visit or for further information, please call 01900 824805 or email us.

We'll try to ensure your booked group is the only one in the house. However, there will be other visitors on site.

Make a day of it

Why not spend the whole day in the delightful Georgian town of Cockermouth?

Browse the independent shops on the tree-lined Main Street, take a stroll by the river to view Cockermouth Castle and enjoy lunch in one of the many local cafés and restaurants.

Children dressed in Georgian dress up clothes playing with a wooden bowling set in the garden at Wordsworth House and Garden
Playing Georgian games in the garden | © National Trust Images / Jonathan Mckmeekin

Educational visits

We are revising our schools programme in 2023 but are happy to discuss an educational visit with you.

We can offer your class a self-led visit on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Entry is £4.05 per child and accompanying adults are free.

If you would like to plan your visit, please call on 01900 824805 or email us.

Visitors sat on the steps talking in the garden at Wordsworth House, Cumbria

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Find out when Wordsworth House is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Things to do at Wordsworth House and Garden 

Explore Wordsworth House and Garden, the Georgian townhouse which was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

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History of Wordsworth House 

Discover the history of William Wordsworth’s childhood home, which was a place of both great happiness and sorrow, and learn how it was saved from complete destruction.

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Education group membership 

If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.

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Touring Pass 

If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.