Literature and the Lake District

The poet William Wordsworth called the English Lake District “the loveliest spot that man hath found,” and he is not alone as stunning scenery of the Lake District and Cumbria have influenced a great many writers and poets.

Visit the homes of great writers such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. See the places that inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson, Edward Fitzgerald and Lake District guide writer Alfred Wainwright.

Find literary things to do:

Armitt Museum and Library (Ambleside)

Beatrix Potter Gallery (Hawkshead)

Brantwood (Coniston) – John Ruskin’s home

Dove Cotttage (Grasmere) – Wordsworth’s home from 1799 to 1808

Hill Top (Near Sawrey, Ambleside) – Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse

Mirehouse & Gardens (nr Keswick) – inspired Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Ruskin Museum (Coniston)

Wordsworth House & Garden (Cockermouth) – Wordsworth’s childhood home

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