Rydal Mount

Price guide: Mid-range

near Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU

Price guide: Mid-range

Rydal Mount
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By David Atkinson, your Grasmere expert

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expert-rated things to do in Grasmere
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, History, Nature / wildlife, Sightseeing

Expert review of Rydal Mount

A visit to Wordsworth's attic study.

Rydal Mount is the stately house that was the family home for 37 years from 1813 to 1850. Wordsworth revised many of his earlier works while living at Rydal Mount and completed the final draft of Daffodils here in 1815.

The house now belongs to the descendants of the family and contains numerous portraits, personal possessions and first editions of the poet's work.

Wordsworth loved the proeprty's garden and it remains today much as he designed it with rare shrubs, fell-side terraces and rock pools.

William and hife wife, Mary, lived out their lives at Rydal Mount until their deaths in 1850 and 1859 respectively.

Price advice: 

General admission is £6.50; children £3; under fives free; garden only £4.

Expert tips: 
If you don't visit the house, do take a walk around the gardens to connect with Wordsworth's love of nature. In spring, it's full of blooming daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons.
For a more personal take on the Wordsworth legacy, this is far less frenzied than nearby Dove Cottage.

More information on Rydal Mount:

Price guide:
Historic site, Museum, Park / garden
near Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU
+44 1539 433002
Months open:
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Opening times:
March to October: daily 9.30am-5pm. November to February: Weds-Sun 11am-4pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
William Wordsworth

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