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Dove Cottage And The Wordsworth Museum

  • 4.4

  • from 813 Google reviews

About the garden

The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

Opening times

Café is open. Serving a selection of seasonal, locally sourced dishes, cakes, hot drinks, snacks and lunches. 13 January to 27 March 2020 Friday – Tuesday: 11.00am until 4.00pm 28 March to 31 October 2020 Monday – Sunday: 10.00am until 5.00pm Shop opening times 27 January to 27 March Friday – Tuesday: 11.00am until 4.00pm Please note: Dove Cottage and the Museum remain closed for our redevelopment project.

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Cumbria, LA22 9SH

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  • 4.4

  • from 813 Google reviews

Suzanne Christenson

6 months ago


I was so impressed by this museum and the work they've done to preserve the Wordsworths' legacy. The whole staff at this museum was so informative and friendly and helpful. You can tell they are really passionate about the work they do there. We did the tour of Dove Cottage, and I was really pleased with they way they structure it. The 10-minute film they show before having you enter the cottage was very entertaining. Not a typical documentary style. You could tell it was made recently with a high production value. Dove Cottage itself was the real treat. Our guide was able to answer all of our questions, and we loved seeing all the tiny details throughout the cottage. The wooded areas were gorgeous, of course, and I could have sat there all day. The museum exhibits were all lovely, but what I really appreciate is the emphasis on community involvement. I loved the way you could tell local schools and volunteers had helped craft some small parts of the exhibit. You could tell this place is a real labor of love, and it made it all the more special. I would be thrilled to come back here. Highly recommend!

Josephine E.

5 months ago


Absolutely gorgeous cottage and wonderful garden. Our guide Jessica was super friendly and did an amazing job, was very eager to share her knowledge and answer everyone's questions. The small group size was much appreciated as space inside the cottage is quite limited. Were also able to explore the premises by ourselves which we really enjoyed.

Shirleen Shiao

7 months ago


The house was lovely. You had to watch a 10min film about William and Dorothy Wordsworth before being able to explore the house. The different rooms were all beautiful, and the backyard too. It was nice to see how they lived.

Hannah Schaus

6 months ago


Lovely little museum with enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides and staff. The temporary exhibit on Dorothy was informative and interesting. The main museum hall was really nicely presented and had interest for my two children as well. They also enjoyed the cottage (as did I) and the garden. Not super cheap, but worth supporting for the ticket cost for sure.


2 months ago


Wonderful experience. Modern museum, great set up, lots of lovely memorial items and a timeline of Wordsworth life. The Dove Cottage is just beautiful and the knowledgable guide helps bring it to life. Definitely recommend.

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