Wordsworth House and Garden is the Georgian-era childhood home of poet William Wordsworth. Visitors can explore the home as he would have known it through carefully replicated rooms and garden. The helpful guides create a warm atmosphere and invite visitors to try homemade Georgian recipes in the kitchen, experiment with quill and ink in the clerks office and even try a replica harpsicord! The garden is blooming with a variety of plants and vegetables that Wordsworth would have seen grown as a child.

Furthermore, Wordsworth House and Garden also looks directly down onto the River Derwent and is set in the centre of Cockermouth, a picturesque town in the heart of the Lake District. Wordsworth House is the best location to explore the early life of William Wordsworth and understand what inspired him to pursue romanticism. Visitors will fall in love with the Lake District and its vibrant atmosphere just as much as the poets did.

Things to do:

  • Explore Wordsworth House and Garden and see the environment that William Wordsworth grew up in.
  • Discover the children’s bedroom where William, Dorothy and their siblings stayed. There is a daily Children’s Trail throughout the house.
  • Explore the basement and the lives of the ghosts who live there.
  • The exhibit rooms have a range of permanent and temporary exhibits that explore Lake District life and the legacy of William Wordsworth and the National Trust.

For more information and opening times, click here.


There is a lift to the ground floor, however the first floor is only accessible using stairs.

An accessible toilet is available.

There is an audio guide available for the whole property.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

There is no on-site parking.

For more activities in the Lake District, visit Brockhole!

Q How expensive is it for children?

Under 5s enter free!

Q Where is the nearest car park?

In Cockermouth town centre, just down the road.

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