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Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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Literary Hovel with Very Knowlegeable Guides

How the Wordsworths could have endured this dingy hovel, never mind written some of the world's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Learnt a lot

never been before but passed many times, our guide Sophie was excellent and knew her stuff. we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved poet. His life was a series of adventures and his early experiences made him into a rebel. Orphaned as a child, he went to University, travelled across Europe during the French Revolution, fell in love with an older French woman and then returned to turn English literature on its head with his radical ideas and poems in language that anyone could understand. He moved to Dove Cottage in 1799 and stayed for nine years, writing some of the most famous poetry in the English language, inspired by the landscape and the people he met. Visitors can take guided tours of Dove Cottage, wander in the gardens he designed and planted with his sister and discover his incredible life story in the museum next door (included in admission). Special exhibitions change regularly and family activities are integrated into the experience, with family friendly events during the school holidays.
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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Reviewed 1 week ago

How the Wordsworths could have endured this dingy hovel, never mind written some of the world's great literature there, beggars belief. But the trip round was totally fascinating, ably managed by a very knowledgeable Belgian guide. Extraordinary.

Thank Arnoldbakers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

never been before but passed many times, our guide Sophie was excellent and knew her stuff. we learnt a lot about William and if large family.

Thank hatamoto1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Dove Cottage last week whilst staying at the Lake District, not knowing much about Wordsworth I came out knowing all about this very talented man and his sister that has not been mentioned enough in my view over the years. Definitely worth a visit,...More

Thank tonyalanwhite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cottage is best known as the home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808. Historically significant and a wonderful place to visit.

Thank Ultron-8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really worth a visit. Situated in the Town End of Grasmere. It was the home of William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and family in the early 1800's. It is hard to believe so many people could live in such a small space. This property has...More

Thank lakelover908
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited a couple of days ago, lovely informative tour, found it to be very interesting. Lovely quaint cottage, quite dark inside, but once your eyes have adjusted its fine. Love hearing about people's life stories. Museum to is interesting but preferred the tour of dove...More

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dove Cottage was the home of English Poet Laureate, William Wordsworth and his family (and some friends!) for over eight years. It is furnished with some original Wordsworth pieces and charmingly maintained as a museum. The knowledgeable guide gives a half hour tour of the...More

Thank Diantha M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Really lovely and interesting trip to Dove Cottage. The tour guide is informative and interesting. It adds to the experience.Pop into the museum for a beak too.

Thank Catherine A
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The visit to Dove Cottage was made worthwhile by the very knowledgeable guide who takes you around. Good idea to take a look through the museum first. Shame no flash photography is allowed though.

Thank Brent W
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed this interesting trip to Dove Cottage. Our tour guide brought gave an insight into Wordsworth's life, poetry, friends and family. Well worth a visit and I want to find out more about the Romantic poets and their works. Thank you for an insightful...More

Thank Sarah I
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Jo F
25 October 2016|
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Response from WordsworthTrust | Property representative |
Hi Jo, As others have indicated, we don't allow dogs in the Cottage or Museum, but they are welcome in the cafe and there are lots of dog friendly walks around.