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

Be inspired by Beatrix: art class

Fri 21 Oct 2016
Have exclusive access to Wordsworth House and Garden with our friendly art class. Join our artist-in-residence, Kate Smith, to draw the type of domestic objects and interiors or garden items and exteriors that inspired Beatrix Potter. This will...

Beatrix Potter and a love of the northern lakes

Sat 22 Oct 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.

Bug hunters and explorers

Sat 22 Oct 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.

Get cooking in the kitchen

Mon 24 Oct 2016
Beatrix Potter loved her 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 25 Oct 2016
Get cosy by the kitchen fire as Beatrix Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.

Spooky stories by the fire

Wed 26 Oct 2016
Join the servants by kitchen fire to hear some of the ghostly tales William and Dorothy might have enjoyed.
" 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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