2019 Opening Information

Our National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year.

The museum will be closed for the whole of 2019.

Dove Cottage will be closed from January until the summer season, it will open in the summer months for guided tours (exact dates to be confirmed, but currently it is due to open from July to October), and will then close again until 2020.

From 1 March onwards, when Dove Cottage is closed, there will be a special alternative experience held in our library, the Discover Wordsworth talk. These hour-long sessions will include a film of Dove Cottage narrated by one of our experienced guides, plus time to view the library with objects and manuscripts on display. They will run every hour, on the half hour, every day of the week.

Dove Cottage tour

Discover Wordsworth talk

In March the talks will run from 10.30am, last talk 4.30pm. From 1 April until Dove Cottage re-opens they will run from 9.30am, last talk 4.30pm. From 1 November – 23 December the Discover Wordsworth talks will run from 10.30am, last talk 3.30pm.

There may be times when both the Dove Cottage tour and the Discover Wordsworth talk are unavailable or when we are offering the Discover Wordsworth talk instead of the Dove Cottage tour during the summer. This could be due to pre-booked visits, events, or circumstances beyond our control. We will ensure that we share information about these occasions as soon as we are able to; however it may be that this is with very short notice. Please check our website or call us (015394 35544) the morning before you visit to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Opening hours

11 February – 28 February 2019 (shop only) 10.00am-4.00pm

1 March – 31 October 2019 9.30am-5.00pm (when the cottage is open the shop will close at 5.30pm)

1 November – 23 December 2019 10.00am-4.30pm

Please note: these opening times show when the shop is open, for information about what will be on offer (the Discover Wordsworth talk or Dove Cottage tour) and times, please see the above 2019 opening information.

There are some times when both the Discover Wordsworth talk and the Dove Cottage tour will be unavailable please click here to see a list of planned closures. We will update this regularly so please check back before you visit.


Adult: £6.00 / Student: £5.00 / Child: free

National Art Pass: free.  Disabled adult: £5.00 (accompanying personal assistant free). £1 discount on Adult entry if you have travelled by bus (valid on presentation of ticket).

A ticket includes admission to Dove Cottage or the Discover Wordsworth talk.


Pay-and-display car parking and cycle bars are available.  There are also limited parking spaces for coaches. Dove Cottage has partial access for disabled visitors: for more information please visit our access page.

Where we are

youthful Poets, who among these hills / Will be my second self when I am gone.
William Wordsworth, Michael -