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Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

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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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  • We loved Wordsworth House, from the moment we entered we were welcomed enthusiastically and this continued throughout the house. The guides were knowledgeable and it was a bonus to see the servant in....  more
    We loved Wordsworth House, from the moment we entered we were welcomed enthusiastically and this continued throughout the house. The guides were knowledgeable and it was a bonus to see the servant in....  more »
  • It was very interesting to look around the house and imagine what it would’ve been like when Wordsworth and his siblings spent their childhood here. Both the house and garden have been lovingly... 
    It was very interesting to look around the house and imagine what it would’ve been like when Wordsworth and his siblings spent their childhood here. Both the house and garden have been lovingly...  more »
  • A friendly team putting on a theatrical tale of the childhood of William Wordsworth. The girls kept entertained for an hour or two. The gardens were preserved well and little gift shop but the front.....  more
    A friendly team putting on a theatrical tale of the childhood of William Wordsworth. The girls kept entertained for an hour or two. The gardens were preserved well and little gift shop but the front.....  more »
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  • Wordsworth House and Garden gives you an insight into the life of William's childhood home. William Wordsworth was one of 5 children, born in the house back in 1770. When you arrive in Cockermouth, you're best bet for parking will be either one street parking (Mon-Sat 1 hour only) or Lidl car park, 90 minutes for free. The house and gardens are available for viewing at this National Trust, allowing you to explore 10 notable locations throughout the house. There are interactive experiences dotted around the interior, allowing kids and adults to dress up and play with wooden toys, consistent with those played with by William and his siblings back in the day. The 1st floor of the house also offers an exhibition room, usually hosting subjects linked to nature, landscape or language. In the walled garden to the back of the house, you'll find lots of wonderfully coloured plants to catch your gaze, along with a view across the river. The house and garden offers much more than meets the eye from the roadside and is a fantastic insight into William Wordsworth's life. AT.
  • Very interesting visit, had a guided tour (free) Very interactive place with a beautiful garden. Lots to do and see.
  • Very interesting and informative visit. Enthusiastic and friendly, informative staff, you can learn a great deal.
  • Enjoyable visit to Wordsworths House and Gardens. Volunteers made the experience more interesting without ever imposing.
  • Beautifully presented. Helpful, friendly guides. 'Amy' in the kitchen preparing real period food. Gardens wonderful, particularly bee balm.

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