Dove Cottage

Price guide: Mid-range

The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Grasmere , Cumbria, LA22 9SH

Price guide: Mid-range

Dove Cottage
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By David Atkinson, your Grasmere expert

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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
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Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, History, Live entertainment, Sightseeing

Expert review of Dove Cottage

The home of the Romantic poetry movement.

Wordsworth described Grasmere as "the fairest place on earth" and Dove Cottage, the white-washed former coaching inn that provided the Wordsworth clan and fellow poets with a family home from 1799 to 1808, was the base for his "'golden decade".

The charitable Wordsworth Trust now manage Dove Cottage, plus the adjoining museum and library, which houses one of the an inspring collection of Wordsworth's surviving manuscripts and others from the Romantic period.

The Trust also stages poetry evenings on site and in the nearby Jerwood Centre.

Price advice: 

General admission is £7.50; children £4.50; under six free. 

Expert tips: 
Admission is controlled via timed tickets for a 20-minute guided tour with one of the curators. Avoid the coach parties and go early.
Events oraganised by the Wordsworth Trust are free but booking is recommended.

More information on Dove Cottage:

Price guide:
Historic site, Museum, Tour
The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Grasmere , Cumbria, LA22 9SH
+44 15394 35544
Months open:
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Opening times:
March to October: daily 9.30am-5.30pm. November to February: daily 9.30am-4.30pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
William Wordsworth

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