Rydal Mount was where the poet William Wordsworth lived for the greater part of his life, from 1813 until his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house is now owned by Wordsworth’s direct descendents and contains many of Wordsworth’s personal belongings original to the house.
The gardens, with their stunning views, were landscaped by Wordsworth himself and embody his Romantic ideals. Slightly wild and on different levels, they give an insight into Wordsworth the passionate gardener. It’s in these gardens you’ll also find his Writing Hut, where he spent many hours rain or shine, and the terraces along which he paced while reciting his poetry out loud.
Dorothy Wordsworth, William’s sister, and author of the Grasmere Journals, also lived her until her death in 1855.
A visit to Rydal Mount offers a unique perspective on Wordsworth as a family man, and offers a sense of who he was in the latter part of his life.
Tea Room & Gift Shop. Cream Teas in the Dining Room and Guided Tours of the House and Gardens are available on request.
Ambleside, LA22 9LU
Tel: 015394 33002 www.rydalmount.co.uk
1 Feb – 31 Mar / 1 Nov – 20 Dec
Wed – Sun – 11am – 4pm, Closed Mon and Tue
17 – 23 Feb
House is open daily, 9.30am to 5pm
1 Apr – 31 Oct
Open 7 days a week – 9.30am – 5pm
Sometimes the house is closed for private functions. We recommend checking in advance to avoid disappointment.
North of Ambleside: 1.5 miles on A591 on Grasmere Road. Follow brown signs on right of the main road.
South of Grasmere. Accessible by public transport. 7 miles from Windermere Station.