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Museum, next open Wed 1 Apr - Sat 31 Oct 2020, £2.50

Hawkshead Grammar Museum

Hawkshead Grammar Museum



Wordsworth attended Hawkshead Grammar School from age 9 to 16. The School was started in 1585 to educate the sons of Protestant families after the Reformation. It taught Latin and Greek grammar, arithmetic, geometry, sciences, modern history and the classics with the aim of preparing boys for entrance to Cambridge. Lessons were in Latin and Greek and attendance at the church, neighbouring the school, was compulsory. Boys boarded with local families in and around Hawkshead. Wordsworth and his brothers stayed in Colthouse, about half a mile away along the shore of Esthwaite Water. Wordsworth liked to walk around the lake and roam the fields before and after school, and it is easy to imagine that today as both the museum and the village of Hawkshead look much as they did in Wordsworth’s day.

A curator is available to show visitors around and tours are held on the hour. Visitors can see the main school room on the ground floor, which still contains the wooden benches the boys sat on (and carved with their pocket knives). There is the headmaster’s study on the stairs and an upstairs room displaying further collections of historic artefacts, some of which date from the sixteenth century. The Museum also contains the old school library of rare books, which Wordsworth donated to, and which the Governors are working towards making available for public viewing.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 1 Apr - Sat 31 Oct 2020 Mon - Sat 10:00 to 13:00 14:00 to 17:00
Guided tours are held on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.


For 2020: standard entry will be £2.50. Group rate per person will be

£2.00. Tour guides and teachers accompanying groups visit for free.


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

The museum is on two floors, disabled access is possible to the ground floor only. Group tours can be booked through the curator at or 015394-36674.


Main Street,
LA22 0NT


Plan route to Hawkshead Grammar School Museum using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 352980  Lat: 54.37399 Long: -2.99796

Approaching Hawkshead from the north on the B5285, follow the road around the edge of the village to the main carpark. The Museum is 50 metres from the carpark, with the entrance to the grounds across from the main bus-stop.

Parking: with charge

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


Wheelchair users can access the ground floor (schoolroom) of the museum, but the remaining two rooms are upstairs.

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