Wordsworth Grasmere

Dove Cottage - Step into another century as you experience William Wordsworth’s life at Dove Cottage. Wordsworth and his family lived in this humble Lake District cottage from 1799-1808.

Today, Dove Cottage has been brought back to life and the sights, sounds and smells evoke memories of over 200 years ago. Little moments taken from the Wordsworths’ poems, journals and letters have been recreated, telling the story of their life here. In this time of ‘plain living and high thinking’ the everyday mixed with the extraordinary. It was whilst living here, amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life, that Wordsworth wrote many of his greatest poems and his sister Dorothy kept her fascinating Grasmere journal. 

Museum - When William Wordsworth arrived in Grasmere aged 29, he was largely unknown and was writing innovative poetry that came as a shocking contrast to the fashionable verses of the time. His poetry centred around the ideals of love of Nature, the power of the imagination and the importance of empathy for others. This was poetry for a new age, and his writing still has the power to speak to us today.

Our new Museum tells the story of Wordsworth’s radical and creative life through a collection of handwritten manuscripts, journals, letters, published poetry and personal items. It features contemporary voices from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to people living and working in Cumbria today.

There are hands on things to do for all ages, including a working printing press and quill and ink writing. Finishing your visit atop the Viewing Station, take a moment to reflect and appreciate Grasmere vale, which Wordsworth described as ‘paradise’. 

The Garden-Orchard & The Woodland - The Garden-Orchard behind Dove Cottage has been restored to resemble the ‘domestic slip of mountain’ that William and Dorothy lovingly created. Wordsworth described this humble fell-side garden as ‘the loveliest spot man hath ever found’ and the feelings of joy, solace and inspiration it provided can still be felt in this special place. Whether you encounter bluebells in spring or snowdrops in winter, the Garden-Orchard is stunning in all seasons.

The Woodland is a wild space where you can play, explore and notice the little details in Nature that we might usually miss.  

Location

Find us south of Grasmere village, on the A591 Kendal to Keswick road. Postcode: LA22 9SH. During busy times, please allow extra time for your journey as there may be some traffic.

The Sat Nav coordinates for Dove Cottage car park are: Latitude = 54.4537; Longitude = -3.0167; Lat = 54 degrees, 27.2 minutes North; Long = 3 degrees, 1.0 minutes West.

Look out for the slate sign that marks the entrance to the Wordsworth Grasmere car park.

We have pay-and-display parking is available on-site. Overflow parking can be found at Stock Lane on the edge of Grasmere village, just a 2-minute walk away. For more information about Stock Lane and other car parks in the area, please visit the Lake District National Park website. There are two designated disabled parking bays in our car park.

The nearest train station is Windermere, and buses operate from Windermere and Keswick to Grasmere regularly throughout the year.

Refuge from the Ravens: Wordsworth re-written by homeless Britain

Wordsworth Grasmere

In 1798 a literary revolution began, igniting the flames of Romanticism. A small, unassuming book called Lyrical Ballads was the spark. Written by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge this collection of poems in everyday language were embedded in nature and featured stories about the poor and common people. Today, 200 years later, homelessness and social inequality are still with us and on the rise. There is a vast gap between rich and poor, and many are tumbling into the void.

In partnership with Wordsworth Grasmere, and made possible with support from the Heritage Fund, Refuge from the Ravens is a contemporary retelling of Lyrical Balladscreated by people with experience of homelessness, and other vulnerable people through poetry, art and song.

Visit to see…

Special treasures from the Wordsworth Trust’s collection will be on display, including:

  • First edition of Lyrical Ballads (1798)
  • Draft manuscripts of Wordsworth’s poems, including ‘Michael’ and  ‘Old Man Travelling; Animal Tranquillity and Decay, A Sketch’

Alongside the manuscripts will be responses created by vulnerable people and people with experience of homelessness, exploring and responding to Lyrical Ballads from a variety of perspectives through art, song and poetry.


Discover Poetry

Wordsworth Grasmere

Sit down with a cup of tea and talk about poetry in a lively group hosted by poet Polly Atkin.

Share your thoughts and ideas about a selection of classic and contemporary poems inspired by the changing seasons and current events.

These friendly poetry evenings are for poetry enthusiasts and poetry beginners alike.

Discover Poetry currently takes place on Zoom. Email [email protected] to be added to the mailing list. Joining information is emailed a few days before each meeting


Georgian Christmas

Wordsworth Grasmere

What was Christmas like when the Wordsworths lived at Dove Cottage 200 years ago? Have a go at some Georgian Christmas crafts, including making pomanders and garlands, decorate some gingerbread people and even take a turn at a traditional Cumbrian step dance.

For families with children of all ages. Parking is free for this event.

After booking, please email [email protected] and let us know the number and age of the children you wish to bring, as well as details of any other adults planning to attend.


Georgian Christmas

Wordsworth Grasmere

What was Christmas like when the Wordsworths lived at Dove Cottage 200 years ago? Have a go at some Georgian Christmas crafts, including making pomanders and garlands, decorate some gingerbread people and even take a turn at a traditional Cumbrian step dance.

For families with children of all ages. Parking is free for this event.

After booking, please email [email protected] and let us know the number and age of the children you wish to bring, as well as details of any other adults planning to attend.


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Dove Cottage - Step into another century as you experience William Wordsworth’s life at Dove Cottage. Wordsworth and his family lived in this humble Lake District cottage from 1799-1808.

Today, Dove Cottage has been brought back to life and the sights, sounds and smells evoke memories of over 200 years ago. Little moments taken from the Wordsworths’ poems, journals and letters have been recreated, telling the story of their life here. In this time of ‘plain living and high thinking’ the everyday mixed with the extraordinary. It was whilst living here, amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life, that Wordsworth wrote many of his greatest poems and his sister Dorothy kept her fascinating Grasmere journal. 

Museum - When William Wordsworth arrived in Grasmere aged 29, he was largely unknown and was writing innovative poetry that came as a shocking contrast to the fashionable verses of the time. His poetry centred around the ideals of love of Nature, the power of the imagination and the importance of empathy for others. This was poetry for a new age, and his writing still has the power to speak to us today.

Our new Museum tells the story of Wordsworth’s radical and creative life through a collection of handwritten manuscripts, journals, letters, published poetry and personal items. It features contemporary voices from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to people living and working in Cumbria today.

There are hands on things to do for all ages, including a working printing press and quill and ink writing. Finishing your visit atop the Viewing Station, take a moment to reflect and appreciate Grasmere vale, which Wordsworth described as ‘paradise’. 

The Garden-Orchard & The Woodland - The Garden-Orchard behind Dove Cottage has been restored to resemble the ‘domestic slip of mountain’ that William and Dorothy lovingly created. Wordsworth described this humble fell-side garden as ‘the loveliest spot man hath ever found’ and the feelings of joy, solace and inspiration it provided can still be felt in this special place. Whether you encounter bluebells in spring or snowdrops in winter, the Garden-Orchard is stunning in all seasons.

The Woodland is a wild space where you can play, explore and notice the little details in Nature that we might usually miss.  

Location

Find us south of Grasmere village, on the A591 Kendal to Keswick road. Postcode: LA22 9SH. During busy times, please allow extra time for your journey as there may be some traffic.

The Sat Nav coordinates for Dove Cottage car park are: Latitude = 54.4537; Longitude = -3.0167; Lat = 54 degrees, 27.2 minutes North; Long = 3 degrees, 1.0 minutes West.

Look out for the slate sign that marks the entrance to the Wordsworth Grasmere car park.

We have pay-and-display parking is available on-site. Overflow parking can be found at Stock Lane on the edge of Grasmere village, just a 2-minute walk away. For more information about Stock Lane and other car parks in the area, please visit the Lake District National Park website. There are two designated disabled parking bays in our car park.

The nearest train station is Windermere, and buses operate from Windermere and Keswick to Grasmere regularly throughout the year.

Refuge from the Ravens: Wordsworth re-written by homeless Britain


Wordsworth Grasmere
07 October - 31 December 2022

In 1798 a literary revolution began, igniting the flames of Romanticism. A small, unassuming book called Lyrical Ballads was the spark. Written by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge this collection of poems in everyday language were embedded in nature and featured stories about the poor and common people. Today, 200 years later, homelessness and social inequality are still with us and on the rise. There is a vast gap between rich and poor, and many are tumbling into the void.

In partnership with Wordsworth Grasmere, and made possible with support from the Heritage Fund, Refuge from the Ravens is a contemporary retelling of Lyrical Balladscreated by people with experience of homelessness, and other vulnerable people through poetry, art and song.

Visit to see…

Special treasures from the Wordsworth Trust’s collection will be on display, including:

  • First edition of Lyrical Ballads (1798)
  • Draft manuscripts of Wordsworth’s poems, including ‘Michael’ and  ‘Old Man Travelling; Animal Tranquillity and Decay, A Sketch’

Alongside the manuscripts will be responses created by vulnerable people and people with experience of homelessness, exploring and responding to Lyrical Ballads from a variety of perspectives through art, song and poetry.

Full Details »

Discover Poetry


Wordsworth Grasmere
15 December 2022

Sit down with a cup of tea and talk about poetry in a lively group hosted by poet Polly Atkin.

Share your thoughts and ideas about a selection of classic and contemporary poems inspired by the changing seasons and current events.

These friendly poetry evenings are for poetry enthusiasts and poetry beginners alike.

Discover Poetry currently takes place on Zoom. Email [email protected] to be added to the mailing list. Joining information is emailed a few days before each meeting

Full Details »

Georgian Christmas


Wordsworth Grasmere
22 December 2022

What was Christmas like when the Wordsworths lived at Dove Cottage 200 years ago? Have a go at some Georgian Christmas crafts, including making pomanders and garlands, decorate some gingerbread people and even take a turn at a traditional Cumbrian step dance.

For families with children of all ages. Parking is free for this event.

After booking, please email [email protected] and let us know the number and age of the children you wish to bring, as well as details of any other adults planning to attend.

Full Details »

Georgian Christmas


Wordsworth Grasmere
22 December 2022

What was Christmas like when the Wordsworths lived at Dove Cottage 200 years ago? Have a go at some Georgian Christmas crafts, including making pomanders and garlands, decorate some gingerbread people and even take a turn at a traditional Cumbrian step dance.

For families with children of all ages. Parking is free for this event.

After booking, please email [email protected] and let us know the number and age of the children you wish to bring, as well as details of any other adults planning to attend.

Full Details »

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