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Wordsworth On Tour

Wordsworth On Tour



    This year we are taking Wordsworth on the road!

    From April to September we will be out and about running pop-up sessions in Cumbria, sharing our love of Wordsworth, connecting with our neighbours, and exploring some exciting projects that we’d like your local knowledge and help with. Our special theme will be Wordsworth and Cumbria: for example, do you know of any connections between Wordsworth and your own neighbourhood? In all, Wordsworth spent 70 of his 80 years living in Cumbria.

    Our free pop-up sessions will introduce William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, and their life at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where they lived from 1799-1808.  You will get to know this remarkable family through exploring reproductions of their letters, notebooks and journals, as well as finding out how some of the world’s best loved writing came to be. We’ll also bring along one or two original items from our collection to give a sense of how we handle and use museum artefacts to bring stories to life. You don’t have to be a poetry buff to enjoy these sessions!

    Tour schedule:

    8 April; 1.30-2.30pm, Egremont Library
    15 April; 10.00am-12.00pm, Allerdale COSC, Maryport
    27 April; 10.30-11.30am, Millom Library
    2 May; 2.00-3.00pm, Shap Library
    3 May; 10.30-11.30am, Keswick Library
    14 May; 2.00-3.00pm, Penrith Library
    21 May; 7.00-9.00pm, Whitehaven Archive Centre
    25 May; 11.00am-12.00pm, Workington Library
    29 May; 2.00-3.00pm, Ambleside Library
    12 June; 10.00-11.00am, Ulverston Library
    18 June; 2.00-3.00pm, Seaton Library
    3 July; 2.00-3.00pm, Cockermouth Library
    12 July; 11.00am-12.00pm, Culterham Hall, Mawbray
    19 July; 1.30-2.30pm, Wigton Library
    3 August; 11.00am-12.00pm, Maryport Library

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Fri 19 Jul 2019 13:30 to 14:30
    Sat 3 Aug 2019 11:00 to 12:00
    These pop-up events take place at venues all around Cumbria, so please check our tour schedule to find out where we are on each date.


    Free entry


    • 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

    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.


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    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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