Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Cockermouth
House and garden open 7 March-1 November, 11:00-17:00, last entry 16:00.

Cafe open 10:30-16:30.

Shop open 10:00-17:00.

House, garden, cafe and shop closed on Fridays.

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s.

Today, this homely Georgian townhouse is peopled by knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, the maid or manservant is hard at work – and keen to chat.

There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the working kitchen and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try the replica harpsichord.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and in the Wordsworth Room there are books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.

The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been when William played – and learned his love of nature – here. Arrange to visit Wordsworth House and Garden and other attractions in Gilcrux using our Gilcrux trip itinerary builder app .
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  • Whilst staying at The Allerdale Court Hotel we visited this stunning piece of history. The staff were lovely and knowledgeable answering all of my husband's questions. The gardens were also...  more »
  • We have been promising ourselves to visit Wordsworth House for years and finally got round to it last week before it closed for the Winter. What a great place for both children and adults alike. The....  more »
  • Absolutely fascinating look back to those idyllic times. Very well recreated. Most enjoyable afternoon. Lovely staff, very informative, very knowledgeable. Will remember this visit with fondness. Thank you for all your hard work.
  • Lovely, friendly, cheerful and very helpful attendants in the shop and the house. Made us feel very welcome. Enjoyed our visit tremendously despite the awful weather - and bad holiday we'd been having until then. Would definitely recommend.
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