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Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Wordsworth House

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Birthplace of William Wordsworth in 1770

Open April to October, Monday to Friday and Saturdays in June, July and August. Also Bank Holiday Saturdays. Vegetarian restaurant. Shop. Events during season. Parking in town centre car parks. National Trust

Situated at the west end of Cockermouth main street, Wordsworth House is owned by the National Trust. Built in 1745 it was bought by Sir James Lowther (later the Earl of Lonsdale) in 1764 to house his land agent John Wordsworth. William was born here on 7 April 1770, and his sister, Dorothy on Christmas Day 1771. William lived here until the death of his mother in 1778.

There are seven rooms furnished in Regency style, with some personal effects of the poet; a walled Georgian garden with the terrace overlooking the River Derwent (Wordsworth's 'The Prelude'); a 'Wordsworth Lake District' video showing in the stables; a 20 seat licensed kitchen restaurant (home baking) and a National Trust shop. Events programme. Limited disabled access (please contact for more details).

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