Once an inn called the Dove and Olive, this Grade I listed building became William Wordsworth's home during his greatest years as a poet.

William Wordsworth came across Dove Cottage by chance during a walk with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his brother John. He instantly fell in love with the little house and within a few weeks he had arranged for he and his sister Dorothy to move in. It was in Dove Cottage, at times ‘crammed edge full’ with people, that Wordsworth wrote some of his greatest poetry. Dorothy also kept her famous Grasmere Journal here.

Please note that due to a redevelopment project taking place throughout 2019, there are changes to what is available to visitors this year. Please see the website for details.


Permanent collection

With its stone floors, dark panelled rooms, glowing coal fires and the family’s belongings, little has changed in the house since the Wordsworths lived here. The garden – which is kept in the half-wild state that the siblings favoured – was described by William as ‘the work of our own hands’. It was here they planted flowers and vegetables, watched the birds and butterflies and wrote poetry.

Most of William's surviving manuscripts are in the collection, along with the work of over 4,000 other writers and artists.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544

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Opening times

Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit

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