Wordsworth House and Garden

Important notice -

Low Sand Lane, on the west side of Wordsworth House, is closed to vehicles while we renovate William's garden wall. Pedestrian access to the riverside walk remains open.

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"
- A recent visitor
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What's on

Three children cooking in Wordsworth House kitchen

Family fun at Wordsworth House 

What will your family get up to this half-term? At Wordsworth House and Garden, we’ll be baking clapbread, making wild art, decorating rocks, counting sheep in Cumbrian, dressing up and writing with quills and ink. Why not join us?

Upcoming events

Heritage Open Day

Sat 21 Sep 2019
Enjoy free entry to William's childhood home and listen to a special talk.

Under Northern Skies

Sat 21 Sep 2019
Our second exhibition of 2019 is a collaboration with young curators from local communities exploring humankind’s relationship with the beautiful Lakeland landscape.

How green was my Georgian?

Sat 21 Sep 2019
The Georgians were past masters at recycling – but some of their initiatives may have gone a bit too far.

The horrible truth about Georgian life

Sat 21 Sep 2019
Step into a world of pinching matches and tipsy toddlers with the maid-of-all-work.

Pastimes from the past

Sun 22 Sep 2019
Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy would have enjoyed.

Matters of life and death

Mon 23 Sep 2019
Take a guided tour and learn how the house was saved.
" What a lovely house, wonderful atmosphere, lovely staff"
- A visiting family
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" The happiness the Wordsworth children experienced still radiates here"
- A couple visiting from 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."
- A visiting family
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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Wordsworth House and Garden on the National Trust Collections website