Wordsworth House and Garden

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 this autumn 

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

Upcoming events

Beatrix Potter and a love of the northern lakes

Sat 01 Oct 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.

Two wild children: Beatrix and William

Sat 01 Oct 2016
11:30-11:45
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix's birth with a special 10-minute talk about how the natural world shaped these inspirational figures.

Hard at work for the Wordsworths

Sat 01 Oct 2016
14:30-14:45
Meet the maid or manservant and take in a 10-minute talk about William's childhood or the harsh realities of 18th-century life.

Bug hunters and explorers

Sun 02 Oct 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.

At home with the Wordsworths

Mon 03 Oct 2016
11:30-12:00
Join us for a 30-minute guided house tour and enjoy a personal insight into the family life that forged one of our greatest poets.

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 04 Oct 2016
13:30-15:30
Listen to some of the music William might have enjoyed, played on our replica harpsichord - and perhaps even play a tune yourself.
" 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