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Wordsworth Country

1 April - 2 January

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, the Lake District

See how culture has inspired visitors to the Lake District in the past, as well as continuing today, with this latest exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum.

‘Wordsworth Country – Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls’ explores how Wordsworth’s words attracted people to the Lake District landscape that inspired them

By the end of the nineteenth century tens of thousands of people were visiting the Lake District, lured by William Wordsworth’s poetry and prose. Tourists wanted to walk in the footsteps of this literary icon and experience first-hand the very scenery depicted in his poems.

Wordsworth Country – Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls is a fascinating exploration into the ways in which Wordsworth’s words began to draw people to the landscape that inspired them and shows how the Lake District became so inextricably linked with this prominent figure.

Early tourists to The Lake District were enthralled by dramatic and picturesque images of this remote Cumbrian landscape and the impossibility of making European tours due to Britain’s involvement in conflicts on the continent resulted in more adventurous travel to less well known UK locations.

But by the end of the nineteenth century tens of thousands of people were visiting because they were drawn by the inspiring writings of William Wordsworth. Tourists wanted to stand where he had stood and to experience the very scenery which inspired his poetry.

The Lake District became identified with its most famous son and was renamed in guidebooks and on maps as ‘Wordsworthshire’ or ‘Wordsworth Country’. After it opened in the summer of 1891, people flocked to Dove Cottage to see how the Wordsworth family lived during his most inspired years and to linger where his most celebrated work was written.

This new exhibition allows you to follow in the footsteps of the early Wordsworthian pilgrims, using original guide books, maps, poems and paintings to aid your choice of route.

Wordsworth Country – Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls runs until 2 January 2017 at the Wordsworth Museum.

Open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm, admission is included with your ticket to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.


1 April
2 January
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Wordsworth Museum
Town End, Grasmere
Cumbria, LA22 9SH
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015394 35544