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.

Wordsworth Grasmere

Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544

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Opening times

Opening 2020. 7 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, 10:00 -17:30 (seven days per week) 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021, 11:00 -16:30 (open Wednesday to Sunday) Christmas and New Year see website for details. Last admission will be one hour before closing. Parts of our site are opening throughout 2020 because of our redevelopment project. Check our website before your visit to see what will be open.

Free entry with National Art Pass

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Exhibitions and events at Wordsworth Grasmere

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