Dove Cottage 

I have driven past Wordsworth’s home Dove Cottage in Grasmere thousands of times. Wordsworth is synonymous with Grasmere. He is probably Britains best loved and famous poet. When you hear the name Wordsworth, what’s the first word which springs to mind? For me it’s Daffodils.

William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth. He was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Coleridge was a regular visitor to Dove Cottage. Before the Wordsworth’s time the house has been an inn called The Dove and Olive Branch and this is where its present name Dove Cottage has come from. 

The house is very modest and I can imagine it was a squeeze with all its residents and visitors. For me, the guided tour and talk really made it. Maddy our tour guide really bought it to life. It was so interesting seeing how they would have lived. The adjacent museum documents his life. 

With your entry you get to return for multiple visits so is incredibly value at £8.00. For me I’m glad I know what lays behind the familiar white building on the roadside.  If you’re in Grasmere, make sure you visit.

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