Wordsworth House and Garden

Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth's childhood home

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s.

Make yourself at home in the hands-on rooms – including an amazing working Georgian kitchen – taste an 18th-century recipe, listen to tales of life with the family, and learn the fascinating story of the house and garden.

The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been in William’s day.


Exhibitions and events

New Views for a New Year

Event on 19.01.2019 14:00

Working in collaboration with Prism Arts, we invite emerging and developing artists working in Cumbria to come and spend time with our collection up close to offer a fresh perspective on objects that...

Iain Bain: A Celebration

Event on 16.02.2019 14:00

Iain Bain, who died in April 2018, will be best remembered as a world authority on 19th-century engraver Thomas Bewick. He built up an incredible collection of manuscripts, papers, books and images...

Wordsworth’s Yew Trees Revisited

Event on 20.02.2019 14:15

In the annual Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture, Professor John Strachan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University, will take a detailed look at Wordsworth’s great 1803 lyric on the ancient...

The Poetry Business Writing School

Event on 10.03.2019 14:00

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear twelve contemporary poets in just ninety minutes. The Writing School is a highly structured, advanced course for more established poets supported by Arts...

A Curator’s View

Event on 16.03.2019 15:00

This season our Curator Jeff Cowton is feeling inspired to explore more of the amazing art pieces in the Trust’s collection. Every week for the next few months he is going to choose a different...

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