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Dove Cottage, Grasmere

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Discover where William Wordsworth lived and wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language. Step inside Dove Cottage, where little has changed since the Wordsworths resided there, and imagine their day-to-day lives. Wander through the garden--restored to reflect the way the Wordsworths kept it--that so inspired the poet. Take a guided tour for extra insights into life at the cottage. Children can participate in hands-on learning games in the family activity room. Head next door to the Wordsworth museum, where you will find the greatest collection of the Wordsworths’ poems, letters, and journals in the world. Make Dove Cottage a centerpiece of your Grasmere vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Grasmere attractions site .
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  • A three hundred year old house lived in by Wordsworth when writing his most famous poetry. Little changed since he lived there over two hundred years ago. Very atmospheric on a dull and wet autumn aft...  more »
  • Lots to see. So much history packed into that little cottage. Very knowledgable and helpful staff. Loved the ‘walks to remember’ art installation in the museum.  more »
  • We enjoyed our trip round Dove Cottage very much and also the way in which the tour guide presented the information. She held our interest and was full of information and amusing anecdotes. A good way...  more »
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  • Well tended and operated. It was a rainy day so we had a private tour of the house. The guide knew Dorothy Wordsworth's journal well enough to answer questions and tell a lively tale of the home. We learned a lot.
  • Very small and cool site. Got a detailed tour from a guide. Would recommend this as it is helpful. We had a large group and made it tougher for seeing everything. Guide talked very fast as well.
  • Fantastic to see renown poet Wordsworth house
  • Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. No tea shop but coffee machine and biscuits for a donation. Well worth a tour and visit.
  • Wordsworth cottage with tour and museum. The attraction is a little pricey considering parking also needs to be paid for. The cafe that was there is now closed so no refreshments beyond a small table with hot water and self serve tea and coffee. Very nice of the staff to offer this but I was less likely to use this as it lacked seating and there was no food available. It was more reasonable to move on to the small local town for food and drink. Shop is good contains a number of Wordsworth works including quite a few rare copies for sale. The tour of the cottage was in depth and informative. The number of people on the tour was a bit too many and meant some of the rooms were over crowded limiting view. But time was given to walk around independently. The cottage garden was particularly lovely with quotes dotted around and the opportunity to write your own verse. The museum continued on from the house giving more detail about the time period. The chance to write using a quill was particularly interesting for young and old. The exhibition on Mary Shelly was excellent and tied in well with the theme of the wordsworth women being the back bone to the poetic works of the man. Worth a trip once but bet on it being costly.
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