Bring your group to Wordsworth House and Garden

Two staff members dressed in costume enjoying a conversation at the front entrance of Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Groups are always welcome at William’s childhood home, and 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth, is the perfect time to visit.

If you book in advance, you can have a free five-minute introduction by a duty manager and choose from our programme of exclusive talks and tours.

Explore our anniversary exhibition, ‘The Child is Father of the Man', and the rest of the house at your leisure. Relax in the garden, then browse in the gift shop for Wordsworth souvenirs and local treats.

If there are 15 or more of you, those who aren’t members of the National Trust will pay just £8.20 to enter. (Normal price: Gift Aid £9.70, standard £8.80.)

Book a 10-minute costumed servant talk for an extra insight into Georgian life. Talks can accommodate up to 20 people, with 12 standing and eight seated, and cost £2 per person.

Pick your talk

  • William warts and all: Get to know the husband, brother, father and hypochondriac behind some of our best remembered poems
  • Poetic remembrances: Discover how the happiness – and tragedy – of William’s early childhood forged one of our best-loved poets
  • A passionate nature: Uncover the secret life of William's sister Dorothy – and get to the truth about their unconventional relationship
  • The horrible truth about Georgian life: Find out what it was really like to live in the 18th century
  • Undressing the Wordsworths: From louse-filled bigwigs to loose women, strip back the layers of Georgian grooming
  • How green was my Georgian: Pick up tips (some useful, others more extreme) from the original masters of recycling

Harpsichord recitals

Listen to 18th-century music played on the harpsichord in our elegant drawing room. Performances last approximately 15 minutes and can accommodate up to 20 people as above. Price: £2.50pp.

House and garden tours

Our exclusive house tours last 30-minutes, while tours of the beautiful 18th-century garden take around 20 minutes. Both can accommodate up to 15 people. Price: £2pp for house tours, £2.50pp for garden tours.
There’s a minimum charge of £30 for all pre-booked talks and tours.

Make a day of it

Why not spend the whole day in the Georgian gem town of Cockermouth? Browse the independent shops on tree-lined Main Street, take a tour round Jennings’ brewery and enjoy lunch in one of the many local cafés and restaurants.
We give free admission to Blue Badge guides and the leader of pre-brooked groups. Coach drivers are welcome to have a free coffee or tea and a scone in our upstairs discovery room.
For more information, please call 01900 824805 or email us.
We'll try to ensure your booked group is the only one in the house. However, there will be other visitors – unless you come out of hours. Out-of-hours visits cost £11pp (including National Trust members).