Romantic poet William Wordsworth was born in this lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, over 250 years ago.
Presented as it would have been when he lived here with his parents, siblings and the family servants, Wordsworth House and Garden offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to experience life in the 1770s.
The house is peopled by friendly, knowledgeable guides, and in holiday times, the maid-of-all-work is cooking in the kitchen – and always keen to stop for a chat. There is real food on the dining table and a fire burning in the kitchen grate.
There is a daily children’s trail, and down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.
The exhibition rooms house a changing programme of displays. In 2021 we have a special exhibition The Child is Father of the Man to mark 250 years since William and Dorothy were born.
In the downstairs discovery room, there is a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy and his key role in the founding of the National Trust. Souvenirs and second-hand books are available in our visitor welcome area.
The beautiful riverside garden that gave William lifelong inspiration is packed with 18th-century varieties of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, and the River Derwent runs behind William’s beloved terrace walk.
The visitor offer is hands-off to keep everyone safe, but there is still plenty to enjoy and experience in this welcoming family home. Face coverings are recommended in enclosed and crowded areas.
Pre-booking is not needed, but timed tickets may operate on busy days.