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Home at Grasmere

Wordsworth described his new home and the garden that surrounded it as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.  It fed his inspiration.  Wordsworth wrote some of the most famous poetry in the English language here.  Dorothy Wordsworth wrote her much-loved Grasmere Journal here.  Romantic poets, writers and artists including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey stayed here often.  It was also a bustling family house.  Wordsworth married while living here, and it became home to his wife Mary and their growing family.

We know it today as Dove Cottage, the place where poetry changed forever.

Step back in time
Step back in time

Reimagining Wordsworth will bring Dove Cottage closer to the house that the Wordsworths would have known and loved. Visitors will have the chance to step back in time and immerse themselves in the daily life of the Cottage at the turn of the 19th century.

No where else is found... the one sensation that is here
William Wordsworth, ‘Home at Grasmere’, 1800 -
The Project

Reimagining Wordsworth will be a wonderful way to celebrate Wordsworth’s life and share inspiration from the past, for the future.

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Volunteer with Reimagining Wordsworth and help bring poetry to life at Dove Cottage, across Cumbria and beyond.