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
Wordsworth House and Garden

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

Mon 27 Mar 2017
An exhibition curated by best-selling author Robert Macfarlane

Matters of life and death

Mon 27 Mar 2017
Take a guided tour and learn how the house was saved

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 28 Mar 2017
Hear our harpsichord being played

A passionate nature

Wed 29 Mar 2017
Learn Dorothy Wordsworth's secrets

Hard at work for the Wordsworths

Wed 29 Mar 2017
Step back in time with the servants

Dumbledore and Horniegoggle

Sun 02 Apr 2017
Go wild like William and Dorothy on our trail
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Eating and shopping

Wordsworth House and Garden


" 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
Wordsworth House and Garden