Wordsworth House and Garden

Important notice -

On Saturday 13 May Wordsworth House and Garden will close at 12.30pm, as we’re hosting a wedding. Last entry to the house and garden will be at 12 noon. The café will close at 1pm. We apologise 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

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

A passionate nature

Sat 29 Apr 2017
Learn Dorothy Wordsworth's secrets

The Word-Hoard: Love Letters to Our Land

Sat 29 Apr 2017
An exhibition curated by best-selling author Robert Macfarlane

Hard at work for the Wordsworths

Sat 29 Apr 2017
Step back in time with the servants

Dumbledore and Horniegoggle

Sun 30 Apr 2017
Go wild like William and Dorothy on our trail

Sounds of the 18th century

Tue 02 May 2017
Hear our harpsichord being played

Matters of life and death

Mon 22 May 2017
Take a guided tour and learn how the house was saved
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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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