Cumbria’s Living Heritage have a number of attractions and things to do that are ideal for a day out in the Keswick area, including historic houses, museums and gardens. Many of the attractions Keswick are family and dog friendly. See below for inspiration:
Mirehouse and Gardens
Mirehouse is a “Manor from Heaven” according to Melvyn Bragg. Open April to October.
House: Sat, Sun and Wed 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
Gardens, playgrounds and tearoom: Daily 10am to 5pm. Child and dog friendly.
Wordsworth House and Garden
The birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy in Cockermouth. Open Saturday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm. Family-friendly.
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
See Wordsworth’s possessions and manuscripts displayed together at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and the story of his life.
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. Family-friendly.
Allan Bank, Grasmere
Once home to William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, Allan Bank was rescued from the ravages of fire in 2011. Open daily 1 Apr-30 Oct 10-5pm
Winter Open Fri, Sat & Sun only 10.30am – 4pm. Family-friendly and dog friendly.