William Wordsworth is Britain’s most famous poet, whose thoughts and writing about man, nature and society are so current, they could have been written yesterday.

Discover Wordsworth’s amazing life by visiting Dove Cottage and exploring the treasures of the Wordsworth Trust’s collection.

'A truly magical experience'
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Our National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year.

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From pop-up poetry events to behind-the-scenes tours of our research centre, there is always something going on at Dove Cottage.

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Our blog is full of lively and engaging posts exploring the literature, history and culture of the Romantic period.

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Important Opening Information

We are sorry to announce that the reopening of Wordsworth Grasmere will be postponed until further notice, following the advice from Public Health England. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you updated about our plans.

We are disappointed to have to delay the opening of Dove Cottage on 7th April, but the most important thing for us is the welfare of our visitors, volunteers and staff.

We are in the process of cancelling all our events planned for April. We will reassess our events programme on a monthly rolling basis and will keep you up to date on social media and our website.

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