Discover William Wordsworth

Find out about his childhood, his travels through the French Revolution, his radical ideas which remain so relevant today, and how he changed literature forever.

The Wordsworth Museum is home to original letters, journals, manuscripts and artworks, as well as some more unusual items including a pair of Wordsworth’s socks!

This year, to coincide with the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the chance to vote for the first time, our exhibition series Women Behind the Words is celebrating the creativity and ambition of remarkable women. Our current exhibition, In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl who wrote Frankenstein, explores the person behind the iconic novel.

‘It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed'
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein -
Dove Cottage

There is something to intrigue people of all ages at Dove Cottage, as the story of the building and its inhabitants comes to life with unusual objects and hidden corners to be discovered.

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The Garden

Dove Cottage garden has been restored to the semi-wild state that William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lovingly created. Come and explore 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found.'

See the garden