Wordsworth House and Garden

The boy who grew up to be one of the world’s best-loved nature poets and a pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Trust and the global conservation movement was born in this lovely Georgian townhouse 250 years ago.

This year, we are showcasing a special exhibition, ‘Scree’ (on until November 6th), which challenges us to rethink the basis of our relationship with the fells. Co-created with Cockermouth poet, photographer and writer Lucy Burnett, this project encourages us to respond personally to this most loved of landscapes and the impact we as humans have on it.

Wordsworth House and Garden is Cumbria Tourism’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. With real food on the table and a real fire in the grate, it offers an unforgettable chance to experience life in the 1770s.

Take a guided or audio tour, listen to a talk or explore the working kitchen and other hands-on rooms at your own pace. Discover the weird and wonderful details of Georgian life, from what the Wordsworth family ate to how often they washed.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes. There is a daily trail, and holiday activities range from wild art workshops to family garden adventures.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays during half term and throughout the holidays, the maids are hard at work – and always keen to stop for a chat.

The riverside garden that gave William lifelong inspiration is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.

Make sure you stop in the the gift shop on your way out to browse for books, treats and souvenirs.

Charges: Adult £8, child £4, family £20, family with 1 adult £12. Gift Aid prices also available. National Trust members free.

Open: April 2 to 6 November, Saturday to Wednesday, 11am–5pm, last entry 4pm

Location

Wordsworth House and Garden is on Main Street, Cockermouth. We’re in the centre of town, so there’s no parking on site. The nearest public car park is 300 metres away across the River Derwent at Wakefield Road (Sat Nav CA13 0HR). Follow the signs for long-stay/coach parking, and it’s an easy walk back to the house across the footbridge.

Scree

Wordsworth House and Garden

Scree is an exhibition which challenges us to rethink the basis of our relationship with the fells. Co-created with Cockermouth poet, photographer and writer Lucy Burnett, this project encourages us to respond personally to this most loved of landscapes and the impact we as humans have on it.


Sewing on Site

Wordsworth House and Garden

Watch members of the Cumberland Textile and stitching group at work, as part of a Cumbria-wide project to capture a day in time for World Embroidery Day.


Heritage Open Day

Wordsworth House and Garden

Visit the house and garden free of charge and listen to a special talk to celebrate Heritage Open Day.


Cumbrian Tales and Tunes

Wordsworth House and Garden

Join storyteller Jessie McMeekin and musician Dave Camlin for Cumbrian tales and tunes by the fire.

Price includes a glass of wine.


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The boy who grew up to be one of the world’s best-loved nature poets and a pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Trust and the global conservation movement was born in this lovely Georgian townhouse 250 years ago.

This year, we are showcasing a special exhibition, ‘Scree’ (on until November 6th), which challenges us to rethink the basis of our relationship with the fells. Co-created with Cockermouth poet, photographer and writer Lucy Burnett, this project encourages us to respond personally to this most loved of landscapes and the impact we as humans have on it.

Wordsworth House and Garden is Cumbria Tourism’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. With real food on the table and a real fire in the grate, it offers an unforgettable chance to experience life in the 1770s.

Take a guided or audio tour, listen to a talk or explore the working kitchen and other hands-on rooms at your own pace. Discover the weird and wonderful details of Georgian life, from what the Wordsworth family ate to how often they washed.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes. There is a daily trail, and holiday activities range from wild art workshops to family garden adventures.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays during half term and throughout the holidays, the maids are hard at work – and always keen to stop for a chat.

The riverside garden that gave William lifelong inspiration is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.

Make sure you stop in the the gift shop on your way out to browse for books, treats and souvenirs.

Charges: Adult £8, child £4, family £20, family with 1 adult £12. Gift Aid prices also available. National Trust members free.

Open: April 2 to 6 November, Saturday to Wednesday, 11am–5pm, last entry 4pm

Location

Wordsworth House and Garden is on Main Street, Cockermouth. We’re in the centre of town, so there’s no parking on site. The nearest public car park is 300 metres away across the River Derwent at Wakefield Road (Sat Nav CA13 0HR). Follow the signs for long-stay/coach parking, and it’s an easy walk back to the house across the footbridge.

Scree


Wordsworth House and Garden
07 May - 06 November 2022

Scree is an exhibition which challenges us to rethink the basis of our relationship with the fells. Co-created with Cockermouth poet, photographer and writer Lucy Burnett, this project encourages us to respond personally to this most loved of landscapes and the impact we as humans have on it.

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Sewing on Site


Wordsworth House and Garden
30 July 2022

Watch members of the Cumberland Textile and stitching group at work, as part of a Cumbria-wide project to capture a day in time for World Embroidery Day.

Full Details »

Heritage Open Day


Wordsworth House and Garden
10 September 2022

Visit the house and garden free of charge and listen to a special talk to celebrate Heritage Open Day.

Full Details »

Cumbrian Tales and Tunes


Wordsworth House and Garden
23 September 2022

Join storyteller Jessie McMeekin and musician Dave Camlin for Cumbrian tales and tunes by the fire.

Price includes a glass of wine.

Full Details »

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