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The boy who grew up to be one of the world’s best-loved nature poets and a pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Trust and the global conservation movement was born in this lovely Georgian townhouse 250 years ago.
A new exhibition for 2023 will look into the history of William and Dorothy’s childhood home and the different people that lived there. Titled, ‘Much favor’d in my birthplace’: memories of a house and a town, the exhibition will center around the stories and memories shared by former residents of Wordsworth House and the local people of Cockermouth from the 1930s to the present day.
Wordsworth House and Garden is Cumbria Tourism’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. With real food on the table and a real fire in the grate, it offers an unforgettable chance to experience life in the 1770s.
Take a guided or audio tour, listen to a talk or explore the working kitchen and other hands-on rooms at your own pace. Discover the weird and wonderful details of Georgian life, from what the Wordsworth family ate to how often they washed.
The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing-up clothes. There is a daily trail, and holiday activities range from wild art workshops to family garden adventures.
Wordsworth House’s walled riverside garden was William’s secret childhood playground. It was here that he learned the love of nature that turned him into one of the world’s favourite poets. It’s packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers all organically grown by our gardening team. Every season, something new comes into blossom to delight the senses.
Beneath the foliage-shrouded terrace where he and his beloved sister Dorothy used to play, the Derwent, his ‘fairest of all rivers’, gurgles by.
Round off your visit with a trip to the gift shop to browse for books, treats and souvenirs.
The ground floor of the house, garden and shop are wheelchair accessible – the house and refreshment area via a lift. There is no wheelchair access to the upper floor of the house or the cellar.
Visit the website for more information including upcoming events and planning advice for a great family day out: Wordsworth House and Garden | National Trust
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|Season (1 Apr 2023 - 5 Nov 2023)|
|Monday - Wednesday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Thursday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Wordsworth House and Garden is now closed for the season. It will re-open on Saturday 1 April until Sunday 5 November 2023, 10am to 4pm. Closed Thursdays and Fridays.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£8.80 per adult|
Adult: £8.80, Child: £4.40, Family: £22. Gift Aid prices available. Group rate: £8.20. National Trust members free.
Take right exit at roundabout on A66 travelling west. Turn left at first set of traffic lights. Wordsworth House is at bottom of the hill across the mini roundabout. No parking on site. Use town centre car parks. Long stay car park, not National Trust, 300yds away on Wakefield Road. Walk back over bridge to house.
Accessible by Public Transport: Maryport station is 6 miles away.
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