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Rydal Mount & Gardens

Rydal Mount & Gardens


All the Wordsworth family were keen gardeners and William had strong views about how a garden should look. In particular he believed that a garden should be informal and that it should harmonise with the countryside consisting of ‘lawn, and trees carefully planted so as not to obscure the view’.

Wordsworth designed and built a number of terraces above the main lawn. At the end of the Sloping Terrace is the Summer House where the poet would sit and compose his poetry, leading on from the Summer house is the Far Terrace which he would pace up and down quoting his work outloud. The garden contains a wide variety of rare shrubs and trees and has spectacular views towards both Lake Windermere and Rydal Water. It is maintained to a high standard and with the tireless work of the gardener and curator has won a range of awards.

Opening details

Please see website for further details.


Adults £7.50, Concessions:(Seniors & Students) £6.50, Garden Only £5.00, Children 5-15 years old £4.00, Family ticket £20.00, Includes 2 full paying adults and children 5 - 15 yrs


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions


LA22 9LU


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Map reference: NY 363063  Lat: 54.44809 Long: -2.98384

North of Ambleside, 1.5 mile on A591 on Grasmere Road. Follow brown signs on right of main road.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Windermere station

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