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Wordsworth House // Cockermouth

Wordsworth House
Wordsworth House garden

Explore the birthplace and former childhood home of poet William Wordsworth.

A visit to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without looking round the birthplace and former home of one of its most famous residents; romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Grade I listed Wordsworth House is located in Cockermouth. This beautiful Georgian townhouse was built in the mid-18th century and the famous poet was born here in 1770. William and Dorothy spent much of their childhood here

It was passed into the hands of the National Trust and is open to the public from March to October, and visitors can explore the house how it was when they lived here during the 1770s. On selected dates you can take a guided tour around the house where you can see how they would have lived with real food and dishes being made, ink and quill pens in the office, and dressing up clothes and toys in their former bedroom.

Don't forget the ghosts of the cellar who really bring this history of this house and William's childhood to life.

The garden at Wordsworth House is also worthy of a visit; explore the walled gardens just as William will have played in them and where he found his love of nature.

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