Wordsworth House and Garden

If you’re looking to venture out to a National Trust property we highly recommend Wordsworth House and Garden. It’s located around a 20-30 minute drive from Underscar, so if you’re looking to go elsewhere, it won’t take up the whole day.

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s.

Today, this homely Georgian townhouse is peopled by the knowledgeable 21st-century guides.

There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the working kitchen and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try the replica harpsichord located at Wordsworth.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.

In 2017 you can expect to visit many fascinating exhibitions located around the house. The Word-Hoard: Love Letters to Our Land, guest curated by Robert Macfarlane, author of award-winning book Landmarks, runs from mid-March to early September. It celebrates the natural world and will be the most popular exhibition to view at Wordsworth.

Opening Times

Wordsworth House and Garden is open Saturday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm (last entry to house and garden 4pm) from 12th March – 30th October. Timed tickets may operate on busy days. The café is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

For more information please visit the Wordsworth House and Garden page on the National Trust website.