Visiting the garden at Coleridge Cottage
Wander through the tranquil cottage garden used as a retreat and muse by celebrated poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 18th century, re-opened for the first time in over 100 years in 2011. You can discover an orchard, bower and wildflower garden and find out more about what life was like when Coleridge lived here.
The cottage garden
Coleridge's writings show that he was an enthusiastic gardener, dreaming of growing food for his family, however his friends commented that he grew more weeds than vegetables.
Here at Coleridge Cottage, his 18th-century cottage garden has been recreated, using plants we know that the Coleridges grew.
The lime tree bower
Take a seat in the bower, handmade using wood from the nearby Quantock Hills, and enjoy the tranquility of what was once Coleridge’s cottage garden.
Recently restored, the Garden Room is a multifunctional space where you can learn more about how the wider landscape of the Quantocks inspired Coleridge’s poems.
Poetry audio posts
Immerse yourself in the intimate garden with a series of new audio posts. Listen to Coleridge's poetry in the places that first inspired his creativity.
Explore the meandering paths through the wildflower garden to the focal point of the lime tree and bower.
The garden team have planted wildflowers and orchard trees which will attract bees, butterflies and birds at different times throughout the year.
Track down the wire animals
Coleridge kept animals in his garden, including geese, pigs and ducks. See if you can spot the various wire animals hiding amongst the wildflowers.
Look into the well
The historic well supplied the Coleridge family with water for drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning. It would have been quite a luxury to have one in the backyard.
Peer down into the depths of the well, but be careful not to fall in.
Step inside and explore the Georgian cottage where Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote some of his finest works and where the literary movement of Romanticism was born.
Once home to famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his family, discover how three years in this humble cottage were the most productive and destructive of their lives.
Find out more about volunteering at Coleridge Cottage. Help bring this special place to life for visitors by joining our friendly team.
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