Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

Today the cottage and museum show us what life was like for him, his family and the local community.

Wordsworth Grasmere has recently undergone a £6.5 million refurbishment, making it a must-see for those enjoying a short break in the Lake District at Craig Manor. You can explore the Grade 1 listed cottage or wander through the gardens at your own leisure.

Explore some of the other things to do in Bowness-on-Windermere

Opening Hours

Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum, Garden-Orchard, The Woodland and shop:

18 May to 18 July

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 

19 July to 31 October

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00 

Last entry to Dove Cottage at 16:20 and Wordsworth Museum at 16:30.

The cafe is currently takeaway only and open Tuesday to Saturday between 11:00 and 16:00 (last orders at 15:30). 

Pricing

Dove Cottage, Wordsworth Museum, Garden-Orchard and The Woodland:

Adult: £12.00

Concession: £8.50

Child (6-16): £5.00

5s and under: Free

1 Adult Family (1 adult and up to 3 children): £20.00

2 Adult Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £32.00 

Wordsworth Museum, Garden-Orchard and The Woodland:

Adult: £8.50

Concession: £7.50

Child (6-16): £4.00

5s and under: Free

1 Adult Family (1 adult and up to 3 children): £15.00

2 Adult Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £23.00 

Tickets are valid for 12 months. 

Free entry is available for Patrons and Friends of the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere residents, National Art Pass holders, and carers visiting with a person with disabilities.

Travel Information

Address:

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH.

By Road

Follow the A591 from Kendal to Keswick. The cottage and museum are located to the south of Grasmere village. There is a slate sign marking the entrance to the pay and display car park. 

During busier times of the year, allow additional time for your journey as there might be more traffic. 

Public Transport

Buses run from Windermere train station and Keswick to Grasmere. 

Contact Information

Phone: 015394 35544

Email: enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

Visit the website

FAQs

Is there parking? 

A pay and display car park is available on-site and further overflow parking is located a 2 minute walk away on Stock Lane. 

Are toilets available? 

Disabled toilets are located in the Wordsworth Museum and the cafe. 

Can I take my Dog? 

Dogs are welcome at the cafe, but only guide and assistance dogs are allowed in Dove Cottage, Wordsworth Museum and the Garden-Orchard. 

Is it pushchair and wheelchair accessible?

The museum and ticket desk are wheelchair accessible via a lift in the cafe. This provides access to all museum floors including the viewing platform.

Most wheelchairs will be able to access the cottage ground floor. However, as the building is Grade 1 listed, there is unfortunately no wheelchair access to the upstairs. 

The terrain in the Garden-Orchard and Woodland is also difficult in areas and only accessible by foot. 

What facilities are there?

There is a cafe open to all offering locally-sourced, seasonal food and drink options (takeaway only). Daily activities also run including tours of the gallery, garden and Town End. 

Other attractions in Bowness-on-Windermere

As well as visiting Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum, why not explore some other attractions in Bowness-on-Windermere?

The World of Beatrix Potter and her home Hill Top are both right on your doorstep, offering an insight into the life of another famous Lake District author. 

Enjoy a day out on the lake with Windermere Lake Cruises or visit Grizedale Forest to take in breathtaking views.

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