Wordsworth House & Garden

Address: Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RX, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01900 824805

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

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

Parking outside the house is very limited. Better park elsewhere and walk.

Families will find great facilities for baby-changing and feeding.

Admission operates by timed ticket on busy days - come early/late to avoid crowds.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • History