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Historic House, £8.25

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum



While living in Dove Cottage from 1799 - 1808, William Wordsworth wrote the most famous and best-loved of his poems including, “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and Dorothy Wordsworth wrote her, “Grasmere Journals”. Come and see what inspired them, the beautiful landscape and their simple way of life.

Take an entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage and hear about the Wordsworths’ daily life and stories about their famous visitors.

Entry includes a visit to the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery to experience changing displays and exhibitions of historic artefacts, original manuscripts and wonderful pictures by artists from the famous to the obscure.

This hub of art, literature and creativity has a programme of exhibitions and events from craft workshops and free childrens' activities to fine art, photography and poetry.

Opening details

1 March – 1 November 2016: Open daily: 9.30am–5.30pm.
Last admission to Dove Cottage: 5.00pm.

2 November 2015 – 29 February 2016: Open daily: 10.00am–4.30pm.
Last admission to Dove Cottage: 4.00pm.
Please note that there will be no access to Dove Cottage on Tuesdays during December and February. However, the Museum and Shop will remain open.
Closed 24–26 December and for four weeks during January for conservation. Please visit our website for further details.
Please call 015394 35544 in advance to check your visit as these hours may be subject to change. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Adult admission: 8.25
Kids go free when accompanied by an adult parent or carer who has paid full admission.
Admission includes a guided tour of Dove Cottage and entry to the gardens, the Wordsworth Museum and special exhibition.


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Full disabled access is available to the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery. As Dove Cottage is an historic building, we have been unable to make provision for disabled access. However most wheelchairs will find the ground floor accessible and there is a virtual tour of the cottage available at the information point in the Wordsworth Museum.

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Town End,
LA22 9SH



Plan route to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 341070  Lat: 54.45410 Long: -3.01792

By Bus: Hop on the regular 599 open top service from Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside. Sit back, relax and admire the stunning views across the Lakes. The 555 also runs regularly between Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal. The bus stops just across the Road from Dove Cottage.

By bike: There are cycle parking stands near the attraction's restaurant.

On Foot: There is an easy and safe two-minute walking route from Grasmere to Dove Cottage along Stock Lane. There is also a lakeside path or the Coffin Trail Bridleway which links Grasmere to Rydal near Ambleside. Both are fairly easy-going routes with great views.

By Car: Leave the M6 at jct 36, follow signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery is located on the A591, the main Kendal to Keswick road through the Lake District, just South of the Grasmere mini roundabout.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Windermere station

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