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Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
+44 15394 35544
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A true insight into an interesting life

This afternoon I visited the home of a very wonderful poet. The home of William Wandsworth was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Albert P
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Informative Guide and Fantastic Views

The guide that showed us around Dove Cottage was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dan B
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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
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Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
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"english literature"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This afternoon I visited the home of a very wonderful poet. The home of William Wandsworth was quaint and lovely. I found the tour slightly expensive for the duration and experience but I do believe it goes to a good cause. The tour was lovely...More

Thank Albert P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The guide that showed us around Dove Cottage was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the house and its history. Her passion for the house and its former inhabitants made the visit memorable. Although the tour of the actual house is short, it is well worth...More

Thank Dan B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

William Wordsworth lived here for 14 years. It was described as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found." It is a very memorable visit. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This home really has atmosphere. The guide bought the Wordsworths story to life. It doesn't take long to go around - less than half an hour.

Thank Michelle A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had always wanted to visit the cottage and on my birthday I did. It is a tiny cottage and it amazed me that Wordsworth lived there with his sister and her friend in such a small space.it was also interesting to discover that his sister...More

Thank Carol T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to Grasmere more times than any other town on earth, and only now (50 years on) have I visited one of the top attractions in Grasmere! I am ashamed to admit it but this place is very informative and educational. I should...More

Thank Graham H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had always wanted to visit Dove cottage having read Dorothy Wordsworth's journal some years ago. It is a small homely place and not much changed. There are buildings in front of the cottage now which impede the absolutely stunning view of the lake that...More

Thank Amanda S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Dove Cottage a long time ago and since then it has become a bigger enterprise. The gentleman serving in the shop was very courteous and helpful and told us where we could get a wheelchair to take my 100 year old mother round...More

Thank Sheila B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting tour of the house. Very small rooms so parties need to be kept small. Our guide was very interesting and informative. Interesting to see where Wordsworth brought up his family.

Thank Thompas155
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful cottage with lots of history. Tour guide was excellent. Well worth the price. The museum connected to the cottage is very detailed.

Thank ptglaw
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Jo F
26 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.
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