It’s 250 years since the birth of William Wordsworth, and yet his works and philosophies are just as relevant today.

Wordsworth and his fellow Romantic poets paved the way for subsequent generations to think about – and value – the world around them in a new way. This led directly to the formation of the National Trust in 1895 and to the birth of the current global conservation movement, which is fighting for the future of the planet and of generations still to come.

Whilst the locations that inspired him are off limits at the moment, you can immerse yourself in his poetry brought to life by contemporary artists and writers, there are a host of programmes across the BBC you can tune into and fascinating content from Wordsworth Grasmere, Wordsworth House and Rydal Mount see links below.

Follow the hashtag #wordsworth250 to find exciting content across today and the coming months.

In Wordsworth's Footsteps - 250 years after Wordsworth's birth in 1770, Professor Jonathan Bate travels in his footsteps to reveal the true story of the making of the poet and political radical.
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The Prince of Wales has recorded a radio broadcast of a William Wordsworth poem to mark the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Charles, who is patron of the Wordsworth Trust, has recorded an excerpt of Tintern Abbey which will be aired on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
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The Prelude - Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss William Wordsworth’s, The Predule, one of the greatest poems in the English language.
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Dove Cottage at Wordsworth Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria

A visit to Dove Cottage today transports you back to this remarkable period of ‘plain living and high thinking’. The sights, sounds and smells bring to life the bustling family home the Wordsworths would have known over 200 years ago.



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