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Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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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
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Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
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"guided tour"
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"william wordsworth"
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"well worth a visit"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"knew her stuff"
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"small group"
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"next door"
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"interesting visit"
in 16 reviews
"lake district"
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"excellent tour"
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"english literature"
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"his contemporaries"
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"his life"
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"small museum"
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"lovely experience"
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"step back in time"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Included as part of Wordsworth Museum and really interesting, informative and fun. Fully recommended.

Thank George G
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I spent a lovely couple of hours enjoying the museum, grounds, gift shop, and, of course, the cottage itself. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and welcoming. The same is true for those we met in the museum and special collections. I definitely...More

Thank Peggy S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having taught Wordsworth's poetry to reluctant teenagers for over 20 years, thought it would be nice to take my very own grumpy teenager to absorb some history. Was pleasantly surprised, as was she! The guided tour is so interesting! Kirsten is a mine of information...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not being that interested in wordsworth, I wasn't too excited by this museum and tour...But what a brilliant surprise..Fascinating and excellently well done. Loads of brilliant original details in the house with a very knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit.

Thank sullarmy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As originally writing about Wordsworth in my English Literature exam I was very keen to visit his cottage. The overall cottage was very pretty and a huge pocket into the history of not just Wordsworth but the Lakes itself. When you go to this attraction...More

Thank Cerys G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I truly enjoyed our visit to Dove Cottage. My husband is a Wordsworth fan and this was something he really wanted to visit on our trip to England. We so enjoyed learning more about his life and our tour guide was terrific...More

Thank lindar772018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting little visit/tour. Full of history and a few personal belongings of the Wordsworth family. Was lovely to the cuckoo clock, still working after many many years (forgot how many, but a lot!) The garden by the cottage was my favourite, it...More

Thank TaylorTrip_x
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself & my parter visited the museum and the cottage took less than an hour but we loved that we learnt things we never knew from the museum and got to step back 300 years into dove cottage, highly recommended x

Thank Zoë H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I decided not to go round with the guided tour and just wandered from room to room having each room to myself.A simple building steeped in history...plus a lovely garden out back.well worth a visit even if you're not a great fan of Wordsworth.The museum...More

Thank chaplainsRus
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As an English teacher and mother of a teen who just studied Wordsworth’s ‘A Complaint’ for English lit GCSE, I was desperate to include Dove Cottage, as part of our Lake District family holiday. We weren’t disappointed! The guide was concise and informative (guided tours...More

Thank Karen G
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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.
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