Dove Cottage - The Home of William Wordsworth

Experience the day to day life of William Wordsworth with a visit to Dove Cottage. In 1799, Wordswortrh fell in love with Dove Cottage and Grasmere while on a walking tour in The Lake District. A few months after visiting the lakes Wordswortrh set up home in the village. While living at Dove Cottage Wordsworth wrote many of his most loved poems while his sister Dorothy wrote her festinating journal. The cottage is filled with Wordsworth’s personal possessions and warming coal fires, a place where William and Dorothy would spend years of ‘plain living and high thinking’.

Inside Dove Cottage

Behind the cottage lies the delightful fell side garden which Wordswortrh referred to as ‘little domestic slip of mountain’. Whether you see snowdrops in the winter, daffodils and bluebells in the spring, an abundance of wildflowers through the summer and the colour changing of leaves in the autumn, the garden is a beauty spot in all seasons. A place of peace and inspiration Wordsworth would often compose poetry outdoors.

The Garden - Dove Cottage

The cottage today has been turned into a museum open to visitors giving a vivid impression of what day to day life was like for Wordsworth.

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