Visiting Wordsworth House: What you need to know

Brightly coloured flowers in Wordsworth House garden

We’ve made a few changes on site to what you might be used to. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about when we are open and what to expect from your visit.

Wordsworth House and Garden, birthplace and childhood home of poet William, is open Saturday to Wednesday, from 17 May to 7 November. Pre-booking is not needed but timed tickets may operate on busy days. Visits usually take 1.5 hours.

Getting here

Wordsworth House and Garden is in the heart of Cockermouth. With its tree-lined main street, independent shops, tempting cafés, riverside walks and wealth of Georgian buildings, it’s one of England’s officially designated ‘gem towns’ and the perfect place to spend a day. We do not have our own car park, but parking is available in the town centre, see 'How to get here'.

When you arrive

Our entrance is on Main Street via the welcome area. Pre-booking is not needed but timed tickets may operate on busy days. Entry to the house and garden is free for National Trust members. Members please show your membership card on arrival. 

For non-members, adult admission is £8.00, child admission is £4.00 and for a family it costs £20. If you aren’t yet a member, we very much hope you consider joining online – it’s great value.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow the latest government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. In line with government guidance, face coverings are recommended in enclosed or crowded spaces. Please bring one with you. 

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. We'd love to welcome you at another time.

Heritage apples growing in the garden
Heritage cooking apples growing on a tree
Heritage apples growing in the garden

Second hand book shop

In our welcome area you can browse for Wordsworth souvenirs and you'll find a variety of good quality, secondhand books for sale. We have an eclectic range from crime to cooking, biographies, craft and a children’s section so have a browse and find a seat in the garden that so inspired Wordsworth to flick through your latest read. All proceeds stay with Wordsworth House and Garden, every purchase will be helping to keep the house and garden running.

We do not offer refreshments on site but there are many lovely local cafes, pubs and restaurants in town, only a few minutes away. Assistance dogs only on site.

What you can do

The house is presented as it would have been when the Wordsworths lived here in the 1770s, with real food on the table and a fire in the grate. You can take a guided or audio tour, listen to a talk or explore the working kitchen and other rooms at your own pace. During the school holidays, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you'll see our costumed maids hard at work, be able to watch demonstrations of simple kitchen activities (mornings) and enjoy family garden tours (afternoons).

Our special exhibition, ‘The Child is Father of the Man’ (extended until November), reveals how William was shaped by his wild, outdoor upbringing here.There’s a lovely riverside garden to explore, and a daily trail. Round off your visit by browsing in our second hand bookshop, which also stocks property souvenirs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please email us, or call the information line on 01900 820884.

Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.