Join us for a (dog) biscuit at Wordsworth House

A terrier sitting on a chair in Wordsworth House courtyard

At Wordsworth House and Garden, we love dogs, but only the assistance variety can come indoors or explore the back garden.

We’re always excited to meet our four-legged visitors and offer them a biscuit. (If their human companions are feeling peckish, they can head to our upstairs discovery room for a free cuppa and a scone.)

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 the produce in our working kitchen.

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

A walk in the park

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.

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.

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
Dorothy Ellis and Rufus the dog, who lived at Wordsworth House in the 1930s