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Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum Review

William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808, a prolific and happy time for the poet. During this time he wrote some of his most famous works including, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" and The Prelude. Built in the early 17th century as an inn, this tiny, dim, and, in some places, dank, house is beautifully preserved, with an oak-paneled hall and floors of Westmorland slate. It first opened to the public in 1891 and remains as it was when Wordsworth lived here with his sister, Dorothy, and wife, Mary. Bedrooms and living areas contain much of Wordsworth's furniture and many personal belongings. Coleridge was a frequent visitor, as was Thomas De Quincey, best known for his 1822 autobiographical masterpiece Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. De Quincey moved in after the Wordsworths left. You visit the house on a timed guided tour, and the ticket includes admission to the spacious, modern Wordsworth Museum, which documents the poet's life and the literary contributions of Wordsworth and the Lake Poets. The museum includes space for major art exhibitions. The Jerwood Centre, open to researchers by appointment, houses 50,000 letters, first editions, and manuscripts. Afternoon tea is served at Villa Colombina.

    Contact Information

  • Address: A591, south of Grasmere Grasmere, LA22 9SH | Map It
  • Phone: 015394/35544
  • Cost: £7.50
  • Hours: Mar.–Oct., daily 9:30–5:30; Nov.–Feb., daily 9:30–4:30
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  • Location: Grasmere
Updated: 06-24-2013

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