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“The best Wordsworth experience in the Lakes and the great man's favorite home”

Rydal Mount & Gardens
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Rydal
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Owner description: Rydal Mount, the last family home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850, now belongs to the direct descendants of the Poet and remains a lived-in family home. The dining room, part of the old Tudor cottage, with its original flagged floor and oak beams, contrasts pleasingly with the larger proportions of the drawing room and library, added in 1750. The house contains works of art, furniture, manuscripts and many of the Poet's books and personal possessions, reflecting his life here. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it, consisting of fell-side terraces, lawns, rock pools and a 9th century Norse mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place to visit whatever the unpredictable Cumbrian weather.

The gardens are beautiful, designed by Wm. Wordsworth himself and largely maintained to his realism his vision. This house is still lived in by Wordsworth's decedents so you may well meet them in the garden or on the stairs! They are very approachable and always happy to chat when they are around.

Thank Imran K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 43, it is a beautiful garden on many levels. It is however difficult for a coach.

Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (my husband and myself) pre-booked afternoon tea for my mum who's just turned 100. We were warmly greeted by Marian and her husband popped in later to see us.

This is my favourite of the Wordsworth houses. It's very bright and airy with interesting exhibits. A big change to the dark Dove House, which we visited on the same afternoon.

Marian provided exactly what we asked for, with an emphasis on sandwiches rather than cakes.

Would recommend to anyone who is celebrating a special event.

Thank Sheila B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rydal Mount and the gardens are worth a visit. very interesting facts of the writer and a good insight as to his life. the gardens too were very impressive. for those into la literary journey og the Lake District this place is indeed a must

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed visiting this house. It had a lovely homely feel and has lots of the original furnishings used by Wordsworth and his family. We arrived just as the house was opening for the day so we had the place to ourselves. I imagine in the peak season it could be very busy. The gardens are very relaxing to wander around, even though we went quite early in the year and all the flowers were not in full bloom yet. There is a small shop where you buy your tickets. The house and gardens are up a steep lane and there is a small car park which is only open when the house is.

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