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Last updated: 26 March, 2024
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

The Lake District is indelibly linked with the ‘Romantic Movement’, the generation of 18th-century poets who drew inspiration from nature and the world around them.

Chief among them was William Wordsworth, who was born in the Lake District and spent much of his childhood and adult life here.

Several sites associated with the poet can be visited, including three of his former homes and his childhood school, as well as his last resting place in the peaceful churchyard of St Oswald’s in Grasmere.

For a general overview of Wordsworth and the Romantic Movement, head for the Wordsworth Museum, next to Dove Cottage.

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Dove Cottage (& Wordsworth Museum)

Grasmere, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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exterior of the small white cottage

Take a guided tour around Wordsworth’s charming cottage near Grasmere to get a fascinatingly personal insight into the poet’s life and times – and don’t miss the brilliant museum next door.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

Grasmere Village

Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Pedestrians outside the gift shop and cafe in the Main Street in the centre of Grasmere Village

The region’s most picturesque and charming village. Grasmere is set on the shores of its eponymous lake and cradled by green fields and fells. William Wordsworth is buried in the churchyard of St Oswald’s – you can see the poet’s tombstone.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Hawkshead Grammar School

Hawkshead, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of the school, a small white building

Wordsworth attended the little village school in Hawkshead. Learn about the poet’s early life and education on a guided tour, and also look out for the school desk where he mischievously carved his name.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Rydal Mount

Rydal, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

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Exterior of the house

Wordsworth’s grand family home between Ambleside and Grasmere is an essential stop: it’s full of memorabilia, and offers an intriguing glimpse of the Wordsworth family’s daily life in the Lakes.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Visitors in the garden in June at Wordsworth House, Cumbria, the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Wordsworth’s childhood home in Cockermouth is now owned by the National Trust, and offers an absorbing glimpse of the poet’s early life, with costumed guides on hand to help illustrate the story.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 hours

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Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 3 hours

Who to go with: organised tours

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William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

Windermere

William Wordsworth: Morning Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide
This tour takes you to: • Grasmere Village where William Wordsworth lived. • Church Stile the former inn where William Wordsworth, his brother John and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed for several days during their Lake District tour in 1797. • Grasmere Gingerbread Shop where Sarah Nelson invented the world famous "Grasmere Gingerbread" in 1854. • The Wordsworth family graves. • St Oswald's Church where the Wordsworth family worshipped. • Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived from 1799 to 1808. • Views of Grasmere, the beautiful lake the Wordsworths knew so well. • Rydal Mount William Wordsworth's best loved family home from 1813 to his death in 1850. • Rydal Hall Gardens where Wordsworth admired the waterfall from the "grot" viewing house. • Rydal Church built on the site chosen by William Wordsworth which also inspired two of his poems. • Dora's Field bought by William Wordsworth in 1826. • Views of Rydal Water, one of the smaller lakes.

Price: £89

Min age: 0

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Lake District

Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

beautiful landscape in the Lake District

Imposing mountains, wild landscapes, tranquil lakes and picturesque towns combine to make the Lake District uniquely beautiful, and one of the best places in Britain for walking, climbing, boating and biking.