The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere brings art and literature alive for thousands of people every year. At the hamlet of Townend, just outside Grasmere, you can visit the world-renowned Dove Cottage, first family home of Britain's greatest Romantic poet, William Wordsworth.
The Trust has preserved the cottage and its contents since 1890. It was in this enchanted place in the heart of his 'native mountains' that William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language.
Little has changed in the tiny cottage since the Wordsworths lived here; its stone floors, dark panelled rooms, glowing coal fires and the family's own belongings are all untouched. Stroll in the Dove Cottage garden, which Wordsworth created with his sister Dorothy and wife Mary.
Explore the Wordsworth Museum next door and find out what Wordsworth's life was like, where he travelled, what he saw and what shaped his thoughts and writing. Here you will discover the greatest collection of the Wordsworths' letters, journals and poems in the world. It is very unusual to find the original works of such a major writer in the very place they were written.
The Wordsworth Museum also has special exhibitions on particular writers, artists or themes which change at least once every year so there is always something new to see. There is an innovative education department providing learning experiences for students from Key Stage one to PhD researchers.
The Trust presents a year-round events programme which includes contemporary literature, fine art, social history and much more. There are often volunteering opportunities at The Wordsworth Trust so please contact them via their website for details.
The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery,