In 1799, William Wordsworth fell in love with Dove Cottage and Grasmere whilst on a walking tour of the Lake District. Within a few months he had set up home here in the hamlet of Town End with his sister Dorothy. It was whilst living here that William produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems and Dorothy wrote her fascinating Grasmere journals.
An entertaining guided tour gives a vivid impression of life here, the people who visited and their exploits! The Wordsworth Museum tells Wordsworth’s remarkable life story, his tragic childhood, his travels through the French revolution, his radical ideas which are so relevant today and how he changed literature forever.
Special exhibitions change throughout the year on the theme of Women behind the Words
Women’s Lives Through Letters
1 Feb – 18 Mar
This exhibition explores the lives of the women closest to Wordsworth through the letters and journals that they wrote.
Dorothy Wordsworth, A Stitch in her Time
24 Mar– 29 Apr
19th century needlework, including Dorothy’s embroidered post bag and a harp-shaped needle case that delighted Wordsworth, will be on display alongside contemporary textile responses to them.
In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl who wrote Frankenstein
5 May– 27Aug
This exhibition marking the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication, based on the book by Fiona Sampson, explores how Mary Shelley became the girl who wrote the famous novel.
‘This Girl Did’: Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers
1 Sept– 23 Dec
Dorothy Wordsworth was a keen mountaineer, this exhibition celebrates her accomplishments on the bicentenary of her ascent of Scafell Pike.
1 Mar – 31 Oct, daily 9.30am – 5.30pm (last admission 5pm).
1 Nov – 28 Feb, daily 9.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm).
Dove Cottage is closed on Tue during Dec and Feb but the Museum and Shop are open.
Closed 24 Dec – 31 Jan.
Find us on the A591, just south of the Grasmere mini roundabout. Look out for the big blue sign.