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William Wordsworth's first family home is the only place in the world to see his personal belongings.

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Step back in time as you enter Wordsworth's family home

A visit to the Lake District isn't complete without seeing this 400-year-old cottage

Get a unique insight into Wordsworth, his family and friends

Personal effects owned by Wordsworth give an insight into life in the early 1800s

A place where Dorothy kept her famous 'Grasmere Journal'

An inspirational setting and the place where Wordsworth's most famous poems were written

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It was in this little cottage, at times ‘crammed edge full’ with people, in the heart of the remote Lake District, that William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language and Dorothy kept her famous 'Grasmere Journal', now on display in the Museum.

William came across his first Grasmere home by chance as he and his brother John walked along this lane with his fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in late 1799. He and his sister Dorothy moved in just a few weeks later.

The cottage had once been an inn, the 'Dove and Olive Bough'. It was now to be the Wordsworths’ home for the next eight years. In 1802 William married Mary Hutchinson and three of their five children were born here.

Step into Dove Cottage 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.

Stroll in the Dove Cottage garden, a place of refuge, meditation and inspiration. It was, wrote Wordsworth, ‘the work of our own hands’. Here they planted flowers and vegetables, watched birds and butterflies and, most importantly, read, talked and wrote poetry.

Admission to Dove Cottage is by timed guided tour and you can buy tickets by clicking here.

Take a look at our events programme - there is something for everyone!

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Exhibition: Wordsworth, War & Waterloo

The Wordsworth Museum
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Exhibition 16
Mar 2015
01
Nov 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

The Wordsworth Museum
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Family activities 28
Mar 2015
12
Apr 2015

Literature Class Six: Shelley and Mary Shelley - Poetry and 'Frankenstein'

Jerwood Centre
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Poetry events 30
Mar 2015

Must-see when you visit

Dorothy's amazing journal

See the journal entry for the day when William and Dorothy saw the famous daffodils.

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The Jerwood Centre

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.

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Wordsworth's skates

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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Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
T:015394 35544

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