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 this autumn at William’s childhood home.

Upcoming events

Beatrix Potter and a love of the northern lakes

Thu 01 Sep 2016
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.

Become a natural artist

Thu 01 Sep 2016
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 03 Sep 2016
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 05 Sep 2016
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.

Highlights of William's garden

Tue 06 Sep 2016
Meet the head gardener for a seasonal guided tour of the childhood playground that stimulated Wordsworth's poetic imagination.

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 06 Sep 2016
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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" 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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