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image for Historic House item typeWordsworth House and Garden

  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • National Trust
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Historic House, next open Sat 15 Feb - Sun 8 Nov 2020, £4.15-£8.80

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

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The boy who grew up to be one of the world’s best-loved nature poets and a pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Trust and the global conservation movement was born in this lovely Georgian townhouse 250 years ago.

A special exhibition, ‘The Child is Father of the Man’ (14 March-8 November), reveals how he was shaped by the wild, outdoor upbringing he shared here with his beloved sister Dorothy and the trauma that subsequently shattered their happy existence.

Wordsworth House and Garden is Cumbria Tourism’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. With real food on the table and a real fire in the grate, it offers an unforgettable chance to experience life in the 1770s.

Take a guided or audio tour, listen to a talk or explore the working kitchen and other hands-on rooms at your own pace. Discover the weird and wonderful details of Georgian life, from what the Wordsworth family ate to how often they washed.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes. There is a daily trail, and holiday activities range from wild art workshops to family garden adventures.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays in term-time and throughout the holidays, the maids are hard at work – and always keen to stop for a chat.

The riverside garden that gave William lifelong inspiration is packed with 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, and there is a mini flock of heritage chickens in the small walled garden.

Round off your visit with a free cuppa and a homemade scone in the upstairs discovery room, then head to the gift shop to browse for books, treats and souvenirs.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site light refreshmentsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

The ground floor of the house plus the refreshment area, garden and shop are wheelchair accessible – the house and refreshment area via a lift. There is no wheelchair access to the upper floor of the house or the cellar.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sat 15 Feb - Sun 8 Nov 2020 Mon - Thu 11:00 to 17:00 | Sat - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
Last admission 16:00.

Prices

Adult: £8.80, Child: £4.40, Family: £22. Gift Aid prices available. Group rate: £8.20. National Trust members free.

Contact

Wordsworth House & Garden

Address

Main Street,
Cockermouth,
Cumbria,
CA13 9RX

Directions

Plan route to Wordsworth House and Garden using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 118307  Lat: 54.66364 Long: -3.36889

Take right exit at roundabout on A66 travelling west. Turn left at first set of traffic lights. Wordsworth House is at bottom of the hill across the mini roundabout.

No parking on site. Use town centre car parks. Long stay car park, not National Trust, 300yds away on Wakefield Road. Walk back over bridge to house.

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Maryport station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

The ground floor of the house plus the refreshment area, garden and shop are wheelchair accessible – the house and refreshment area via a lift. There is no wheelchair access to the upper floor of the house or the cellar.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children