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Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • National Trust
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Historic House, £3.50-£7

VAQAS NATIONAL TRUST

Contact

Wordswoth House & Garden

01900 824805

Address

Main Street,
Cockermouth,
Cumbria,
CA13 9RX

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 29 Oct A Handful of Oats

Details

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s.

There are daily ten-minute talks, poetry readings, children's trails and tastings of recipes the Wordsworths' servants might have prepared. During school holidays, there is also a full programme of family activities.

Make yourself at home in the hands-on rooms - including an amazing working Georgian kitchen - help the servants with their chores, listen to their tales of life with the family, and learn the fascinating story of the house and garden.

Grown-ups and children can write with a quill pen and ink, dress up in replica 18th-century clothes, play with replica toys, listen to the harpsichord, browse the books or just relax and soak up the atmosphere.
The garden is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been in William's day.

It was this garden, and the unspoiled surrounding countryside, which helped spark the love of nature that continued through his life and inspired so many of his poems.
After a stroll around it, you might feel inspired to write something yourself.

For further details see www.wordsworthhouse.org.uk

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedVenue approved for civil marriage

Wheelchair access to ground floor, garden and discovery room. Braille and large print guides available.

Opening details

Last admission 16:00.

Prices

Adult gift aid entry: £7.00, Child gift aid entry: £3.50, Family gift aid entry: £17.50, Group rate: £6.20.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Venue approved for civil marriageVenue approved for civil marriage

Wheelchair access to ground floor, garden and discovery room. Braille and large print guides available.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Location

Directions

Plan route to Wordsworth House and Garden using TransportDirect.infoPlan route using TransportDirect.info

Map reference: NY 118307  Lat: 54.66364 Long: -3.36889

Take right exit at roundabout on A66 travelling west. Turn left at first set of traffic lights. Wordsworth House is at bottom of the hill across the mini roundabout.

No parking on site. Use town centre car parks. Long stay car park, not National Trust, 300yds away on Wakefield Road. Walk back over bridge to house.

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Maryport station