The Wordsworth's garden kept them well supplied with vegetables

Summer flowers bring splashes of colour to the garden behind Dove Cottage

Enjoy strolling through this semi-wild piece of Lakeland fellside

The views from the top of the garden are an indication of why Wordsworth's most inspired poetry was written during his time at Dove Cottage

Wordsworth wrote many of his poems whilst relaxing in his garden

Daffodils in April, bluebells in May, poppies in June... what will be flowering when you visit?

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The garden  has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for William, who would often write in his garden, incorporating some of its flowers, birds and insects into his poetry.

In 1799, a few days after moving into Dove Cottage, Wordsworth wrote:

D is much pleased with the house and appurtenances the orchard especially; in imagination she has already built a seat with a summer shed on the highest platform in this our little domestic slip of mountain.

Visitors can still walk up to this ‘platform’, built by Wordsworth and his neighbour, to see a lovely viewpoint over the valley. The garden also contains the Wordsworths’ words for you to read and hear, and places to sit for quiet contemplation.

Both William and his sister Dorothy contributed to the character of their garden. They took pleasure in making things grow, as well as from the garden's beauty and the culinary results, and planted a variety of vegetables, including peas, three kinds of beans (scarlet runner, French and kidney beans), radishes, turnips and broccoli.

Today Dove Cottage Garden is planted naturally in the spirit of Wordsworth with wild and cottage-garden plants. Native daffodils, bluebells, mosses and other plants referred to by the Wordsworth family in letters and journals still grow here today.


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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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Dove Cottage garden

Stroll around the Wordsworths' 'domestic slip of mountain'

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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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Tea was so precious that it was kept in a locked box like this one and Dorothy Wordsworth wrote that it was used at least twice. See if you can find it on your visit.

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