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Things to do at Wordsworth House and Garden

Two women smile as they take a selfie while dressed in period clothing in Wordsworth House
All smiles while getting into the Georgian spirit. | © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Step back in time and explore Wordsworth House and Garden in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth. This immaculately preserved Georgian townhouse was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Wordsworth House and Garden is now closed for the season

We have now closed our doors for the season so that we may look after our collections and prepare the house for opening in the spring. We look forward to welcoming you again on Monday 25 March, 2024.

A Georgian time capsule

Experience life in the 1770s on a visit to Wordsworth House and Garden, furnished and presented as it would have appeared when William and sister Dorothy lived here with their parents, brothers and servants.

You can take a guided tour or an audio tour, listen to a talk or explore the working kitchen and other rooms at your own pace.

Get hands-on at Wordsworth House

Friendly and knowledgeable guides are on hand to answer questions. You'll see real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the kitchen grate, and you can taste a recipe like one William and Dorothy might have eaten. 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.

Detail of the table in the Kitchen with freshly picked herbs and pestle and mortar at Wordsworth House, Cumbria
Freshly picked herbs in the kitchen at Wordsworth House, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Child’s play

Discover the children’s bedroom which is full of toys and dressing-up clothes. There's also 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 you'll find a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy and his key role in the founding of the National Trust, along with family games.

Close up of a hand writing on parchment paper with a feather quill and blue ink.
Try your hand at writing with a feather quill | © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

This year's exhibition

"Much favor'd in my birthplace": memories of a house and a town

Saturdays to Wednesdays from Saturday 1st of April to Sunday November 5, 2023

From dentists to doctor’s daughters, custodians to shoemakers, former residents of Wordsworth House and local people share their stories and memories of life and times in Cockermouth, from 1930s to the present day.

Activities and events for 2023

For family friendly events, click here

Guided tours


Tours start every hour on the hour, last tour at 3pm.

Take in a tour to learn about the joys and sorrows of the Wordsworth family and life in Georgian times.

A close up images of a cluster of white snowdrops
Snowdrops in bloom in the garden at Wordsworth House, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Ray Dale

The garden that inspired a poet

Wordsworth House’s walled riverside garden was William’s secret childhood playground. It was here that he learned the love of nature that turned him into one of the world’s favourite poets.

Today, it is filled with the stillness and chill of winter. Wandering ‘lonely as a cloud’ among sleeping centuries-old varieties of flowers and fruit trees under a gentle covering of frost, it isn’t hard to picture the wild child born here 250 years ago and how his ‘sweet birthplace’ inspired a lifetime of creativity.

Beneath the foliage-shrouded terrace where he and his beloved sister Dorothy used to play, the Derwent, his ‘fairest of all rivers’, gurgles by.

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

Discover more at Wordsworth House

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

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