The William Wordsworth Experience


When choosing to stay at The Trout Hotel, you might not know that you are choosing to stay next door to one of the most historically valued buildings in the whole of England.

Nestled on Cockermouth’s Main Street is the childhood home of the adored poet, William Wordsworth. So, after you’ve enjoyed a restoring night’s sleep and a freshly prepared breakfast at The Trout, you are invited to be educated and immersed in all things Wordsworth.

Wordsworth House

Today, the original Georgian town house that was Wordsworth’s first home has been sensitively restored and has several of the poet’s manuscripts and possessions on display. Visitors can step back in time to the 18th century and explore the working kitchen and other rooms that were used every day by William and his family. Owned by the National Trust, a day out here also offers thoroughly interesting audio tours; talks by costumed guides; harpsichord recitals and dressing-up opportunities. If the children are coming along, they’ll have tons of fun exploring the special trails, storytelling and art and craft sessions that held during the summer holidays.

At the back of the house, the garden is brimming with the vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers – laid out exactly as it was when Wordsworth was a child. Relax in the place that inspired his love of the nature, listen to his poetry in the summerhouse and enjoy a light lunch or teatime treat in the café before returning to the comfort of The Trout.  

The Poetry of William Wordsworth has brought The Lake District into the lives and minds of people across the globe and we at The Trout count ourselves lucky to be located right next door to a building of such historic value.  

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere are the next attractions in your William Wordsworth Experience. Following a scenic drive through some of most stunning scenery on the Northern Lakes, you’ll arrive at where he settled and wrote many of his later works. This very simple Lakeland cottage is a pilgrimage for many who visit from all over the world. The nearby St Oswald’s Church is where William Wordsworth and other family members are laid to rest. Although a popular tourist village, Grasmere remains unspoilt and is regarded as a fine example of traditional Lakeland.

Opening Times

The Williams Wordsworth Experience runs from March to November.  Prices start from £185.40 for two people which includes a night’s accommodation at the Trout Hotel, a freshly prepared breakfast and entry to both houses. To find out more about the full experience or our other Lake District experiences, please contact us.


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