Join us for a (dog) biscuit at Wordsworth House

A terrier sitting on a chair in Wordsworth House courtyard

The Wordsworth House and Garden team love dogs and we’re always excited to meet our four-legged visitors and offer them a biscuit. (Humans need to go to the café if they want feeding.)

Unfortunately, because of the precious furniture and objects in the house, only the assistance variety can go indoors. The back garden is off limits too as we use some of the produce in the café.

However, dogs are very welcome on leads in the front courtyard if supervised – there are special chairs (for their human companions) and a nice bowl of water.

Alternatively, if there’s more than one human in attendance, a riverside romp in Memorial Gardens, just across William’s beloved Derwent, or in nearby Harris Park makes a very acceptable interlude, while you take turns to explore the house and garden.

The dogs of Wordsworth House

We also enjoy celebrating our canine visitors on Facebook in a regular feature called The Dogs of Wordsworth House. If you’d like yours to be included, email a picture from their visit – plus a bit of information about them and their personality – to

Our first featured dog of 2017 was four-month-old Jack Russell/Patterdale cross Daisy, who has come to live with our multi-talented admin assistant and in-house illustrator Kat.

Kat and puppy Daisy, who loves squeaky toys and chewing furniture
A woman holding a white puppy

Kat says: “I fell in love with her when I went with my friend to Animal Concern. I wasn’t looking for a dog but she was! Daisy was the last one left out of a litter of four and she looked at me with her with her big soulful eyes and I was hooked!

“She loves all people and all dogs, and if she doesn’t get fussed over by passers-by she stares after them as if it to say ‘Why aren’t you adoring me?’ She loves cuddles, sticks, squeaky toys – and chewing furniture. She doesn’t like rain or cold (sensible girl).”

In previous centuries, several dogs made their home at Wordsworth House, including Rufus, who lived here with the Ellis family. The Ellises, who owned the house in the 1930s, were almost responsible for its destruction – find out more at How Wordsworth House was saved.

We look forward to seeing you – and your dog – at Wordsworth House and Garden soon.

Dorothy Ellis and Rufus the dog, who lived at Wordsworth House in the 1930s
A woman and a dog in Wordsworth House garden in the 1930s