Wordsworth House & Garden

Price guide: Mid-range

Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX

Price guide: Mid-range

Exterior, Wordsworth House & Garden
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#5 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Lake District
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing

Best for History - Expert review of Wordsworth House & Garden

The childhood home of young William now alive with a sense of history.

Museums can be dull, especially for children, but this Georgian townhouse, where little Will spent some of his happiest days in the 1770s, is very much a living museum. It is now back open after damage during the 2009 Cumbrian floods.

The house tour recreates the sights, sounds and clutter of the bustling family home with costumed heritage interpreters staffing the house in character as servants. We found them cooking lunch in an authentic recreation of a Georgian kitchen.

What I love about this is the lack of stuffiness and no entry signs. We were postively encouraged to dress up in period clothes and join in the spirit of the times.

Price advice: 

Standard admission is £5.90; child £2.95. Reductions when arriving by public transport - show ticket at reception before purchasing admission.

Expert tips: 
Admission operates by timed ticket on busy days - come early/late to avoid crowds.
Families will find great facilities for baby-changing and feeding.
Parking outside the house is very limited. Better park elsewhere and walk.

More information on Wordsworth House & Garden:

Price guide:
Historic site, Landmark / monument, Park / garden
Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX
01900 824805
Months open:
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Opening times:
April to October: Sat-Thu 11am-5pm
Free tags / Keywords:
National Trust

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