Springtime Treasure Trail
Dove Cottage & Garden
Apr 2014 — 23
William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved 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 C o ttage and exploring the riches of the Wordsworth Trust collection in the Mus eum.
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A former inn called 'The Dove & Olive Bough', Dove Cottage was Wordsworth's first family home. He moved in with his sister, Dorothy in 1799.
Step inside to get a sense of that time: stone floors, dark panelled rooms, glowing coal fires and the family’s own belongings. Little has changed in the house since the Wordsworths lived here.
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From talks, walks and contemporary poetry readings to family activities, behind-the-scenes tours, festivals and introductions to Romanticism, our events programme is varied and has something for everyone.
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The hamlet of Town End is a group of buildings, just outside the village of Grasmere. In 1799 there were a few houses, a blacksmith's workshop and a disused inn called The Dove & Olive.
The old inn is now known worldwide as Dove Cottage and thousands come to see how Wordsworth lived and why he loved it so much.
Find out more about life in Town End.
A new exhibition of photography, prose and poetry. February 3rd - 11th May 2014
See the journal entry for the day when William and Dorothy saw the famous daffodils.
The Jerwood Centre is where our collection is stored under controlled conditions and cared for. If you would like to be shown around please phone before you arrive to check that someone is available.
Wordsworth enjoyed skating on the frozen lakes of the county in the depths of winter. Two very different pairs of his skates survive and can be seen during your visit.
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