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Family-friendly things to do at Wordsworth House and Garden

Visitors try on Georgian costume in the children's bedroom at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth
Getting into character in the children's room at Wordsworth House | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Whatever the weather, there is always plenty to keep families busy at Wordsworth House and Garden. Step back through time for some Georgian-inspired fun and games, explore the many interactive rooms before taking a walk on the wild side in the garden. Find out what else is on offer and the details you need to plan your family visit.

Wordsworth House and Garden is 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.

Planning your visit

  • Baby-changing facilities available
  • Pushchairs can be used in the garden and hip seats are available for use in the house
  • Many local cafés to choose from in easy walking distance.

Family-friendly events

Activities run from Saturday to Wednesday in the school holidays and are free with admission to the house and garden.

N.B. Please call ahead if you are coming specially for an activity as, due to staffing issues, we sometimes have to cancel.

Children's trails through the house and garden

Saturdays to Wednesdays

Ask for a trail at the front desk to explore the house and garden.

Take a tour


Times: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

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

Visitors try out writing with a quill in the office at Wordsworth House, Cockermouth
Practising writing with a quill in the Back Office at Wordsworth House | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Family-friendly things to do in the house

Exploring the rooms

Step into the world of William and Dorothy’s childhood and explore the rooms they filled with play and laughter. See what life was like in the 18th century and how much things have changed, or have stayed the same. Can you spot all the flowers carved into the mouldings or embroidered on chairs?

Get interactive

When you first arrive, get into character and become a poet. Create your own story with the interactive story quilt or learn to write with a feather quill. There’s always something happening in the cosy working kitchen as well. Smell the exotic spices in the many jars and pots or have a go at grinding oatmeal in the giant pestle and mortar.

Up the stairs you’ll find the children’s bedroom, where you can dress up in Georgian costume and play with traditional toys.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

If the sun is out, head into William’s inspiring childhood garden for more fun and games. Once you've stretched your legs and run off some steam, stop and see what is growing.

Count how many kinds of apple trees there are and what fruits and vegetables would have made their way to the kitchen table. Butterflies and honeybees also love to feast here and help make sure there is plenty of fruit for all.

A child plays with traditional Georgian toys in the children's bedroom at Wordsworth House, Cockermouth
Having fun with traditional Georgian toys and games at Wordsworth House | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

'50 things to do before you’re 11¾'

How many items have you ticked off your '50 things' list so far? The garden at Wordsworth House offers the perfect chance for more. Try a few of our suggestions to ge you started:

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

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