Wordsworth House and Garden

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The Wordsworth House and Gardens are a historic home and garden in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The house was once the family home and birthplace of William Wordsworth, one of the most famous poets in English literature.

The Heart of the Home

William’s father worked for Sir James Lowther as a Land Agent and had free rent of the house in exchange for his services. William lived at the house with his siblings until his father’s death in 1783, only 5 years after William’s mother had died. After his father and mother’s tragic deaths, William moved to Rydal Mount, also managed by the National Trust and opened to visitors all year round.

Wordsworth house takes you back to the times of William Wordsworth and lets you experience what it was like to live in a Georgian home. The house has been furnished with many items owned by the Wordsworth family, including some of his own personal possessions. The house also contains a museum about William’s life and work as well as an interesting garden where children can enjoy a nature trail, who can spot the snail?! The gardens feature a number of different plants and flowers that were grown by Wordsworth’s sister, Dorothy, including heathers, irises, roses and many wildflowers.

The National Trust is responsible for maintaining the house and gardens today, entry is free for members and non-members are required to pay £7 for adults or £4.50 for children aged 5-15 years old (children under 5 years old can enter for free). Parking on-site costs £2 per car, which must be paid on arrival at the ticket desk inside the main entrance gatehouse.


Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX