Set in the valley likened by Wordsworth to ‘paradise’, Dove Cottage was home to his greatest years as a writer. Grasmere valley and its people were the subject of many of Wordsworth’s poems, as well as journal entries by his sister Dorothy.

We are uniquely placed to offer an all-round experience of place, literature and artefacts.

Groups will have an opportunity that cannot be matched in a classroom:

  • Direct contact with original materials, brought to life by the Trust’s experienced curatorial team, in the cottage itself and in the adjoining state-of-the-art research library.
  • Exploring the archives offers a sense of closeness or contact with the writers in question, as well as a genuine sense of discovery.
  • Practical curatorial knowledge, such as handling, caring for and using collections, will also be an intrinsic part of the sessions.

The sessions we offer are by no means restrictive and can be tailored to the interests, needs and budgets of each group, and can be extended to last over a period of days, including evenings in Dove Cottage itself.

These courses are open to anyone from student groups and adult learners to Wordsworth enthusiasts.

Please see the brochure for more information on the programmes and prices.

Reading texts by candlelight

Reading texts by candlelight

Wordsworth's source of inspiration

Wordsworth's source of inspiration

Brigham Young University 2012

Brigham Young University 2012