Dove Cottage: Wordsworth’s home at Grasmere

Wordsworth returned to his native Lake District in 1799. He made a home with his sister Dorothy in a humble cottage on the edge of Grasmere village. He described his new home and the garden that surrounded it as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. It fed his inspiration. Wordsworth wrote some of the most famous poetry in the English language here and Dorothy Wordsworth wrote her much-loved Grasmere Journal here. It was also a bustling family home with his wife Mary, their children and Dorothy. 

Romantic poets, writers and artists including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey stayed here often. 

We know it today as Dove Cottage, the place where poetry changed forever.

Grasmere, LA22 9SH
Tel: 015394 35544


The Wordsworth Museum will be closed for refurbishment throughout 2019 reopening in 2020.  Dove Cottage will be open for tours during part of 2019: please check our website or contact us for current information ahead of planning a visit. 


On the A591, just south of the Grasmere mini roundabout. Look out for the big blue sign.

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