Wordsworth House and Garden

Important notice -

Wordsworth House and Garden will be closed all day on Saturday 29 July as we're hosting a wedding. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to welcome you on another day.

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

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Things to see and do 

" Your wonderful volunteers made the day perfect"
- Barbara Smith, Gloucestershire
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What's on

A scarecrow in Wordsworth House garden

Tours, talks, trails and treats 

Whenever you choose to visit, there’s always something interesting going on at William’s childhood home. Find out what we’ve got planned for 2017...

" What a lovely house, wonderful atmosphere, lovely staff"
- The Swinburnes, Wirral, Merseyside

Upcoming events

The Word-Hoard: Love Letters to Our Land

Sun 23 Jul 2017
An exhibition curated by best-selling author Robert Macfarlane

Dumbledore and Horniegoggle

Sun 23 Jul 2017
Go wild like William and Dorothy on our trail

Get cooking in the kitchen

Mon 24 Jul 2017
Make a mess making clapbread

Become a natural artist

Tue 25 Jul 2017
Make some wild art

Playthings and pastimes

Wed 26 Jul 2017
Explore the weird world of Georgian leisure

Walk on the wild side

Thu 27 Jul 2017
Have fun in the garden
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Eating and shopping

" The toilets were worth a visit alone"
- The Harrisons, Chipping, Lancashire
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" 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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" 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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