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Dove Cottage, Museum, Garden-Orchard & Woodland
Dove Cottage, Museum, Garden-Orchard & Woodland

Online booking is available for advance hourly tickets only. Tickets for today can be purchased when you arrive, although we cannot guarantee availability.  If you’d like to speak to a member of our team about your visit today, please call 015394 35544.


To 23 December
Tuesday to Saturday
10am-4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.00pm)

28 December to 1 January
Tuesday to Saturday
10am-4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.00pm)

25 January to 26 March
Tuesday to Saturday
10am–4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.00pm)

29 March to 30 October
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-5pm (last entry to Museum is 4.20pm)

In keeping with current government guidelines, visitors cannot book more than six tickets for any given time slot.


In late 1799, while on a walking tour of the Lake District, William Wordsworth saw Dove Cottage in Grasmere and decided to make it his home. He had known the valley as a boy, describing it as ‘paradise’. Within a few weeks, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy had moved in and were busily furnishing the home and planning a garden.  It was whilst living here that Wordsworth produced most of his greatest and best-loved poems, and Dorothy wrote her fascinating Grasmere journal.

A visit to Dove Cottage today transports you back to this remarkable period of ‘plain living and high thinking’. The sights, sounds and smells bring to life the bustling family home the Wordsworths would have known over 200 years ago. In this humble Lake District cottage, you can feel how a unique combination of people and place came together and changed poetry forever.


Take a stroll through the delightful fell-side garden behind Dove Cottage, which Wordsworth referred to as a ‘little domestic slip of mountain’.

The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

Whether you see snowdrops in winter, daffodils and bluebells in spring, an abundance of wildflowers through summer, or the changing colours of the leaves in autumn, Dove Cottage garden is stunning in all seasons.


Uncover Wordsworth’s radical and creative life in the new and expanded Museum and enjoy breathtaking views of Grasmere Vale from a unique Viewing Platform.

Discover William Wordsworth’s remarkable story through a unique collection of some of the greatest treasures from the Romantic age. Objects, maps and interactive displays will help you to unravel the adventures that shaped Wordsworth’s thoughts and inspirations.

The Museum will have a range of activities for children. Have a go at writing with a quill and ink, dress up in Georgian clothes, play with traditional toys or take on a Minecraft challenge.

  • Family discount will be applied automatically when selecting 1 or 2 adults with 2 to 3 children
  • Concession applies to 17-19 year olds, students, YHA, people arriving by bus and those showing evidence of job seekers/disability allowance or equivalent.
  • Free entry available for Patrons and Friends of Wordsworth Grasmere, National Art Pass Holders, Grasmere Residents and Carers visiting with a disabled person. Select free ticket when eligible. Your tickets will be checked at the venue.
  • Gift aid it…UK tax payers can Gift aid today’s ticket and receive 12 months access at no extra cost
  • Wordsworth Grasmere
  • Personal Basket