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Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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A charming piece of literary history

Dove Cottage is well worth a visit if you are in or near Grasmere. It may be just a small house but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Poetically romantic

A step back in time, when you enter this stunningly preserved cottage. A unique experience... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Skipton, United Kingdom
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William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved poet. His life was a series of adventures and his early experiences made him into a rebel. Orphaned as a child, he went to University, travelled across Europe during the French Revolution, fell in love with an older French woman and then returned to turn English literature on its head with his radical ideas and poems in language that anyone could understand. He moved to Dove Cottage in 1799 and stayed for nine years, writing some of the most famous poetry in the English language, inspired by the landscape and the people he met. Visitors can take guided tours of Dove Cottage, wander in the gardens he designed and planted with his sister and discover his incredible life story in the museum next door (included in admission). Special exhibitions change regularly and family activities are integrated into the experience, with family friendly events during the school holidays.
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dove Cottage is well worth a visit if you are in or near Grasmere. It may be just a small house but it provides a fascinating look into the lives of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. The guides are very knowledgable. Also be sure to stop...More

Thank FionaYB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A step back in time, when you enter this stunningly preserved cottage. A unique experience, glimpsing into the life of one of our literary geniuses. Great displays. A beautiful location.

Thank gelvisblue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's just a little cottage, but if one is interested in the life of William Wordsworth, it is important to see where he lived in his years before prosperity. It's a lovely little place that doesn't take long to visit. Our guide was enthusiastic about...More

Thank Barbara A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dove Cottage is a must see on your visit to the Lake District. Please do take your time with your visit.

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came back for a return visit with friends. Al, the guide, was very knowledgeable and very easy to listen to. Happy to answer questions. 2 rooms were toasty warm with the fires lit and the house and surrounding lane had a lovely smell of coal...More

Thank artgeko
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is only a small house but very lovely - with the exception of the children's bedroom - eerie and cold!!! A good insight to how people lived in the early 1800's. Certainly worthy of a visit.

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Dove cottage guided tour. Excellent guide, very informative, great for history buffs, and poetry followers. A recommend to all. Museum next door also worth a visit.

Thank wildyLiverpool
Reviewed 10 October 2017

How the Wordsworths could have endured this dingy hovel, never mind written some of the world's great literature there, beggars belief. But the trip round was totally fascinating, ably managed by a very knowledgeable Belgian guide. Extraordinary.

Thank Arnoldbakers
Reviewed 1 October 2017

never been before but passed many times, our guide Sophie was excellent and knew her stuff. we learnt a lot about William and if large family.

Thank hatamoto1
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Visited Dove Cottage last week whilst staying at the Lake District, not knowing much about Wordsworth I came out knowing all about this very talented man and his sister that has not been mentioned enough in my view over the years. Definitely worth a visit,...More

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Jo F
25 October 2016|
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Response from WordsworthTrust | Property representative |
Hi Jo, As others have indicated, we don't allow dogs in the Cottage or Museum, but they are welcome in the cafe and there are lots of dog friendly walks around.