Anyone who loves Wordsworth's words, and the Lake District where they were written, should treasure the Wordsworth Trust and its inspiring work.
Sir Ian McKellen

Dove Cottage is a uniquely special place.
A place where you can see Wordsworth's original words, in the Lake District landscape that largely inspired them. A place to leave your daily pressures behind, to reflect, to spark your imagination, and to discover, just as Wordsworth himself did, "that nowhere can be found / the one sensation that is here".

It costs £4,000 a day to keep this place special.  This is more than we can make in shop and ticket sales.  Make a donation in one of the ways described here, and you will be supporting a place that brings art and literature alive, for people of all ages and backgrounds.

A Window of Opportunity - The Catalyst Fund
Give today and you can double our money!

The easiest way of supporting the Wordsworth Trust right now is to make a donation to the Catalyst Fund.  Every donation is helping to unlock match funding from the UK Government, via Arts Council England.  A total of £1 million in match funding is available. This is a substantial sum for a small organisation like the Wordsworth Trust, enough to make a significant difference to our work.

Your donation will form part of our endowment.  It will therefore have a lasting impact, helping to protect the Wordsworth Trust against unforeseen circumstances, and ensuring that we can go on uplifting, inspiring and delighting people of all ages and backgrounds.

The match funding is only available until 31 July 2015.  Please donate now to help us make the most of this window of opportunity.

You can donate by text, by ’phone, by post or online.  Find out how.

See some examples of what your donation can help achieve.
Primary schools
- Universities

Further information (downloads as a PDF file)

Other ways of supporting the Wordsworth Trust.

Become a Friend
By becoming a Friend, you will make your own personal contribution to the preservation and continuing development of one of the world’s most important literary sites.

Become a Patron
Our Patrons enjoy an especially close relationship with the Wordsworth Trust.  Their support helps us in all sorts of ways.

Remember us in your will
Make a lasting contribution.  Your legacy could buy manuscripts, books and paintings for the nation, keep Dove Cottage and its neighbouring historic buildings in good repair, or help people of all ages discover the power of great literature.

Visit our online shop
Every purchase supports our work.

To find out more, phone Hannah Stratton, Individual Giving Officer, on 015394 63520.

Contact us



Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen

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