Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Cockermouth
Architectural Building · Educational Site
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.
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  • Decided to book tickets for tour on way home - so glad we did. Next year promises an even better experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and when asked questions proved he knew the history of.....  more »
  • Really brings you close to the Man himself. Following a short introductory film you get a small group, COVID secure, guided tour. It’s a beautiful atmospheric little cottage slightly overwhelmed by...  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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