Rydal Mount

Wander through the picturesque grounds of Wordsworth’s family home and imagine how the views of lakes inspired him to write.

Rydal Mount is the house where English poet William Wordsworth lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. The acclaimed writer used the stunning Lake District region as his inspiration for much of his work on nature. Enjoy the views of lakes and forests as you meander around the scenic gardens.

Spot the waters of Grasmere and Windermere from the hilltop section of Rydal Mount. See the natural world through Wordsworth’s eyes to understand how it inspired him to write.

Hear how the poet designed the layout of the gardens, which he considered his office. The gardens stretch across a 4-acre (1.6-hectare) stretch of hilly land. Discover the Writing Hut, which sheltered the poet from rain and provided excellent views of the lakes. Rock pools and terraces decorate the paths leading through trees. Note the daffodils, bluebells, rare shrubs and colorful rhododendrons that populate the pleasant gardens.

Admire the quaint Tudor house, set amid the trees. It now belongs to descendants of the Wordsworths and retains some of its original furnishings including oak beams and a flagged floor. Make your way through the various rooms to imagine the daily lives of the family. See the bedrooms and the attic study where the poet worked.

The house has personal belongings and artworks that belonged to Wordsworth. Marvel at authentic examples of early drafts of his poems.

Enjoy pastries and drinks in the old school room for Wordsworth’s daughter that is now the Tea Room. Purchase memorabilia and souvenirs in the small gift shop. Arrange an evening tour to relax with a glass of wine in the old library listening to poetry readings.

Enter the house on any day from morning to late afternoon in summer. It closes on Mondays and Tuesdays in winter. There is a fee for adults, while children and groups get discounts.

Travel past picturesque sections of the River Rothay to get to Rydal Mount. The 3-mile (5-kilometer) journey from Ambleside should take 10 minutes by car. Visit Rydal Church in the area.

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