Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount - Full Day All-inclusive Tour

You get to see: • Hawkshead Grammar School where Wordsworth went to school and carved his name on his desk (only on a friday) • Grasmere (...)

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Overview Location: Oxenholme, United Kingdom
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Crosthwaite Church, Keswick England

Situated on the outskirts of Keswick, Crossthwaite Parish Church is dedicated to St. Kentigern who came to Keswick in 553 AD. There has been a church on this site ever since. The present church was built in 1181 with alterations and enlargements in the 16th Century and extensive restoration in 1844 by Sir George Gilbert Scott who was a leading architect of the Gothic revival style. Your guide will take you to see the grave of Robert Southey in the churchyard and then into the church to see the splendid memorial to him. The epitaph and memorial were written by William Wordsworth who succeeded him in the post of Poet Laureate.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wordsworth House and Garden, Wordsworth House Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9RX England

On every day except Fridays, we visit Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, a lovely Georgian townhouse, the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. The house is presented as it would have been when they lived there with their parents, three brothers and household servants. Here you can experience life in the 1770s with real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the kitchen grate and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk's office, and if you play the piano you might like to try the replica harpsicord. After a quick 'hello' to the small flock of heritage chickens in the garden, we move on to our lunch stop near Grasmere.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Hawkshead Grammar School, Hawkshead, Ambleside England

On Fridays, we begin with a trip to Hawkshead Grammar School, before moving on to Greta Hall in Keswick, the former home of the poets Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lancrigg - Wordsworths Woodland Walks, Easedale Road Lancrigg, Grasmere LA22 9QH England

The location for our lunch (not included) has many stories to tell, not to mention a never-ending list of visitors including many writers, painters and explorers. It was here, whilst visiting their dear friend Elizabeth Fletcher, that William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy would stroll around the grounds pausing only for Dorothy to note down William's words. Their favourite places, such as Dorothy's Seat and Wordsworth's Well, are dotted around the 30 acres of grounds.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Allan Bank, Grasmere England

We will see the outside of Allan Bank, one of Wordsworth's homes in Grasmere village.

Stop At: The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, Church Cottage, Grasmere LA22 9SW England

Having enjoyed lunch we take a short drive into the picturesque village of Grasmere. Your guide will take you on a short walk to see the Rectory where the Wordsworths lived for two years and also the school where William and Dorothy taught and which is now where the famous Grasmere Gingerbread is made.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. Oswald's Church, Grasmere England

St. Oswald's Church, cradled in its sublime Lakeland setting, is where Wordsworth chose as his last resting place rather than at Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. We will explore the church and visit the graves of the Wordsworth family.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, Grasmere England

We will have a brief opportunity to see this garden dedicated to Wordsworth's Daffodil poem

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Dove Cottage, Grasmere LA22 9SH England

After enjoying Grasmere Village, we now move on to Dove Cottage, the home where Wordsworth with his sister Dorothy lived in from December 1799 to May 1808. There is major development work happening at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum during 2019. The tour includes either a guided visit to Dove Cottage or a guided virtual tour of the cottage depending upon the availability on the day of your visit.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Wordsworth Museum, Dove Cottage A591, Grasmere LA22 9SH England

Unfortunately the museum will be shut for all of 2019

Pass By: Lake Grasmere, Grasmere England

We pass along the shore of Grasmere

Pass By: Rydal Water, Windermere England

Rydal Water is the next lake we travel past

Stop At: Rydal Mount & Gardens, A591, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LU England

After the death of two of their children, the Wordsworth family felt that they had to move away from Grasmere Rectory with its constant view of the graveyard where they were buried. In 1813, they moved to Rydal Mount. This was William Wordsworth's best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house with its beautiful gardens were a focus for romantic literature. They continue to be owned by descendants of William Wordsworth and retain the feel of a lived in family home. The house dates from the 16th century and was enlarged over the intervening centuries, and also by Wordsworth himself. It contains a selection of the family's prized possessions and portraits. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the five acre garden remains very much as he designed it. It consists of fell-side terraces, rock pools and an ancient mound. Entry to Rydal Mount is included in the price of this tour.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Dora's Field, A591 Rydal Church near Rydal Mount, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX England

Near to Rydal Mount is Rydal Church. The chapel of St Mary was built by Lady le Fleming, of Rydal Hall in 1824. William Wordsworth helped to choose the site, which was originally an orchard. The Wordsworth family and the family of the English poet Matthew Arnold, from nearby Fox How, worshipped here. Their family pews are on each side of the aisle at the front of the church. Wordsworth was church warden from 1833-1834, and there is a memorial plaque to him.

The Rash field next to the churchyard is a plot of land which was bought by Wordsworth who originally intended to build on it. The house never materialised. After his daughter Dora died in 1847, William went down to this field, and together with his wife and gardener, planted hundreds of daffodils as a memorial to Dora.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Rydal Hall Gardens, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX England

You will get a brief view of Rydal Hall and its gardens.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Bridge House Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN England

As we travel back towards Ambleside, you will get the chance to see the famous Bridge House, an iconic symbol of this part of the Lake District.

What you can expect You get to see:
• Hawkshead Grammar School where Wordsworth went to school and carved his name on his desk (only on a friday)
• Grasmere Gingerbread Shop where the Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854
• St Oswald's Church where the Wordsworth family worshiped and whose interior William was so fond of
• Wordsworth Family Graves nestled beneath the yew tree that Wordsworth planted himself
• Dove Cottage the first family home of Wordsworth and where he wrote some of his best poetry
• The Wordsworth House where William Wordsworth was born (not on fridays)
• Rydal Mount & Garden was Wordsworth's best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80

Practical information


What's inside

  • Live commentary on board
  • Knowledgeable guide available throughout the tour
  • Qualified driver in addition to guide for your safety
  • Plenty of time to enjoy every stop we make
  • Lunch stop in Grasmere
  • Entry/Admission - Wordsworth House and Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Hawkshead Grammar School
  • Entry/Admission - Dove Cottage
  • Entry/Admission - Rydal Mount & Gardens

What's NOT inside

  • Food and drinks

Additional info

  • Refundable up to 4 business days prior to the travel date minus a 7% administrative fee.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please choose the option for the place you wish to join the tour, once booked this is where we expect to pick you up
  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Departure point:

1: Oxenholme, Kendal LA9, UK
2: Windermere LA23, UK
3: Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23, UK
4: Ambleside LA22, UK
5: Grasmere, Ambleside LA22, UK
6: Keswick CA12, UK

Duration:

8 hours

Frequency:

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Return details:

Returns to original departure point