Not much has changed in this little cottage since Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy bought the house in 1799.
Three years later William married Mary Hutchinson and it was here that three of their five children were born over the next few years. This was a house that brimmed with life and activity and the place where Wordsworth wrote some of his best and most-loved poetry. Dorothy also wrote her famous ‘Grasmere Journal’ whilst living here.
Next door to Dove Cottage is The Wordsworth Museum which contains the world’s largest collection of Wordsworth’s letters, journals and poems, as well as maps, objects, pictures and interactive displays. The museum has an ever changing exhibition programme which is worth checking out.
For those on a tight two-day schedule, we’ve created a full itinerary for you to enjoy much of what the Lake District has to offer.