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. 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 the rest of the house at your leisure and relax in the garden. Have a light lunch or homemade cake in our cafe, then browse in the 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 £7.50 to enter. (Normal price: Gift Aid £8.80, standard £7.90.)

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

  • A passionate nature: Uncover the secret life of William's sister Dorothy – and get to the truth about their unconventional relationship
  • Poetic remembrances: Discover how the happiness – and tragedy – of William’s early childhood forged one of our best-loved poets
  • The horrible truth about Georgian life: Find out what it was really like to live in the 18th century
  • Ghostly fireside tales: Enjoy the traditional Cumbrian spooky stories William might have heard

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

Our 18-seat café serves light lunches, homemade scones and cakes. We may be able to pre-book two tables for your use.
Why not spend the whole day in the Georgian gem town of Cockermouth? Browse the independent shops on tree-lined Main Street or take a tour round Jennings’ brewery.
We give free admission to Blue Badge guides and the leader of pre-brooked groups. Coach drivers are welcome to have a free hot drink and piece of cake in the café.
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).