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Exhibition, £8.25





    'Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls' explores the ways in which Wordsworth's words began to draw people to the landscape that inspired them, and shows how the Lake District became so inextricably linked with its most famous figure.

    By the end of the nineteenth century tens of thousands of people were visiting the Lake District, drawn by the writings of William Wordsworth. Tourists wanted to stand where he had stood, and to experience the very scenery described in his poetry.

    The Lake District became identified with its most famous son and was renamed in guides and on maps as ‘Wordsworthshire’ or ‘Wordsworth Country’.

    After it opened in the Summer of 1891, people flocked to Dove Cottage to see where his most famous work was written.

    This exhibition will enable you to follow in the footsteps of the early Wordsworthian pilgrims, using original guide books, maps, poems and paintings to aid your choice of route.

    Open daily from 6 March 2016. Admission is included with your ticket to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.

    Opening details

    Open daily, 9.30am – 5.00pm
    Last admission 4.30pm
    Closed 25th and 26th December and for four weeks during January.
    Please check our website for details.


    Entry to the exhibition is included with your admission to Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum.


    • 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
    • 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.


    Visitor Experience team

    01539 435544


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    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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