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Historic House, £6

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

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    This traditional Lakeland cottage was the home of the poet William Wordsworth. In 1799, Wordsworth fell in love with Dove Cottage and Grasmere whilst on a walking tour of the Lake District and within a few months had set up home here with his sister, Dorothy. It was whilst living here that Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems and Dorothy wrote her fascinating Grasmere journals.

    In this inspiring landscape of lakes and fells, largely unspoilt since Wordsworth’s time, it’s easy to understand why he called this valley the ‘calmest, fairest spot of earth’.

    An entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage gives a vivid impression of what day-to-day life would have been like for Wordsworth and his family, as well as providing the opportunity to soak up the unique and creative atmosphere of the cottage.

    Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful fell-side garden behind the cottage, which Wordsworth referred to as a ‘little domestic slip of mountain’. The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

    Opening details

    Our HLF funded redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year.

    The museum will be closed for the whole of 2019.

    Dove Cottage will be closed from January until the summer season, it will open in the summer months for guided tours (exact dates to be confirmed, but currently it is due to open from July to October), and will then close again until 2020.

    From 1 March onwards, when Dove Cottage is closed, there will be a special alternative experience held in our state-of-the-art library. These hour-long sessions will include a virtual tour of Dove Cottage narrated by one of our experienced guides, plus time to view the library with objects and manuscripts on display. The sessions will run every hour, on the half hour, 9.30am-4.30pm, every day of week.

    There may be times when both Dove Cottage and the virtual tour are unavailable or when we are offering the virtual tour instead of the Dove Cottage tour during the summer. This could be due to pre-booked visits, events, or circumstances beyond our control. We will ensure that we share information about these occasions as soon as we are able to; however it may be that this is with very short notice. Please check our website the morning before you visit to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

    Prices

    Adult: £6.00 / Student: £5.00 / Child: free / Disabled Adult: £5.00 (accompanying personal assistant free)

    Pay & display car parking and cycle bars are available.
    Partial access to Dove Cottage for disabled visitors.

    Facilities

    • 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
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • 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

    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.

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    Address

    Town End,
    Grasmere,
    Cumbria,
    LA22 9SH

    Directions

    Plan route to Dove Cottage 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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