Cumbria LA22 9SH
The Wordsworth Museum is next door to Dove Cottage and there you will discover the greatest collection of the Wordsworths’ letters, journals and poems in the world.
The Collection and Dove Cottage complex are in the care of the Wordsworth Trust which has done a wonderful job of introducing the work of William Wordsworth to a larger and younger audience.
Plan Your Visit
The cottage, its contents and ambience are preserved almost as it was when William left in 1808. Visitors have been known to comment that it's almost as if he has just gone out and will be back shortly. An entertaining guided tour gives a vivid narrative of what life was like in Dove Cottage back then, the famous people who visited and what they got up to!
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum is the only place in the world where his personal belongings and handwritten documents can be seen in the place that inspired his greatest work.
The Museum tells the story of William's tragic childhood, his travels through the French Revolution and his radical ideas, how he changed literature forever and how, after he left Dove Cottage, he lost his inspiration and fell out with his passionate, radical friends.
Seeing his handwritten words, it is easy to picture him at work in the house, transferring his ideas into words and onto paper, and his never-ending search for perfection.
Objects, maps, pictures and interactive displays also help the visitor to track the adventures that shaped Wordsworth’s life, thoughts and inspirations.
Wordsworth House & Garden
When in the Grasmere area, also well worth visiting is the house that Wordsworth together with his young brothers and sister were born and grew up in. The Wordsworth House & Garden is a 'living history museum' looked after by the National Trust. The house is situatedin the North Lakes town of Cockermouth, not all that far from this museum and Dove Cottage.
The first Wordsworth Museum was opened by the Poet Laureate, John Masefield, in 1936, in a converted barn opposite the Cottage. In 1950 the books and manuscripts were relocated to a converted smithy close to the cottage, and in 1981, due to the growth of the collection, a new and larger Grasmere and Wordsworth Museum was established in its present location, a converted two-storey coach house adjacent to Dove Cottage garden.
Now, the Trust is able to give the public an idea of the quality and scope of its collection by presenting books, manuscripts, paintings, watercolours and portraits - some of the greatest treasures from the age of Romanticism.
The museum also has a busy exhibition programme, every year mounting major shows on cultural themes. All these exhibitions draw, first of all, upon the Museum’s own collection, and are an opportunity to consider less-familiar material, as well as to take a fresh approach to the familiar. They are also collaborative, in that they borrow from a large number of different sources.
Daily: 09:30 – 17:30 hours.
In winter the Complex opens half an hour later and closes 1 hour earlier.
Closed: 24–26 December and 1 January.
Entrance to the museum is included in the Dove Cottage Admission Ticket price.
Also included is a fascinating guided tour of Dove Cottage, admission into special exhibitions and free family activities during school holidays.
Tickets may be booked online.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)15394 35544
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