Wordsworth House and Garden

Important notice -

We're hosting a wedding on Saturday 10 September, so last entry to the house will be at 12.15pm. The house will close at 1pm with the cafe and garden closing at 1.30pm. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home

Wordsworth House and Garden

Things to see and do

" The toilets were worth a visit alone"
- The Harrisons, Chipping, Lancashire
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What's on

Beatrix Potter in Hill Top porch, Cumbria

Join us in 2016 

From our special 150th-anniversary exhibitions of Beatrix Potter’s original artwork, to tours, talks and family trails, there’s lots going on over the spring at William’s childhood home.

Upcoming events

Beatrix Potter and a love of the northern lakes

Wed 24 Aug 2016
11:00-16:00
Discover how this beautiful part of the Lake District inspired some of Beatrix's most famous tales with a special exhibition to celebrate her 150th anniversary. Free with entry to house and garden.

Playthings and pastimes

Wed 24 Aug 2016
11:30-12:00
Learn from the servants how the Georgians amused themselves then have a go at some of the games they played.

Become a natural artist

Thu 25 Aug 2016
11:30-15:30
Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

Bug hunters and explorers

Sat 27 Aug 2016
11:00-16:00
Go wild like Beatrix and William, hunting for bugs in the garden, or delve into the nooks and crannies of this intriguing house with the help of a family explorer bag.

Get cooking in the kitchen

Mon 29 Aug 2016
11:30-15:30
Beatrix Potter loved porridge! Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making a traditional Cumbrian oat recipe

Beatrix Potter by the fire

Tue 30 Aug 2016
11:30-12:00
Get cosy by the kitchen fire as Beatrix Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.
" What a lovely house, wonderful atmosphere, lovely staff"
- The Swinburnes, Wirral, Merseyside
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Eating and shopping

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History

" The happiness the Wordsworth children experienced still radiates here"
- Mr and Mrs Mutch, Alberta, Canada
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Our work

A maid preparing a bonnet at Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

My dream job 

Julia Routledge spends her working day dressed as Amy, the maid-of-all-work employed by William Wordsworth’s parents at his childhood home in Cockermouth.

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Get involved

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Learning

" A truly wonderful experience. The costumed maids, in particular, were so lovely with our daughter, helping her make clapbread."
- The Bond family, London
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Weddings