Dove Cottage

Town End Grasmere LA22 9SH

William Wordsworth’s home from 1799 until 1808 is one of the biggest honeypot draws in the Lakes, and an essential stop for anyone interested in the poet and his early life in Grasmere. Guides walk you through the picture-postcard cottage where Wordsworth composed some of his finest poetry, and then you’re free to visit the excellent museum – full of original manscripts and memorabilia – and the garden, which William and his wife Mary lovingly tended. After the Wordsworths left, the next tenant was ‘Opium-Eater’ Thomas De Quincey, and Dove Cottage and its museum is just as much a memorial to him and the wider circle of the so-called Lake Poets.

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