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Lots of changes: Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum Opening/Closing Information for 2019

2019 is one of the most exciting years in our history, as we redevelop the site as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project Reimagining Wordsworth.

Throughout 2019 and early 2020, we will be opening a new café and learning centre, opening up previously unused outdoor spaces, expanding and modernising the museum, and carrying out careful restoration in Dove Cottage, bringing it even closer to the home William and Dorothy would have known. This project is an incredible opportunity to bring Wordsworth’s story into the 21st century, just in time to celebrate his 250th birthday in April 2020.

As a result of the project, there will be some changes as to what visitors are able to do in 2019. As with any kind of building work, the timings and exact details of the work, and therefore what will be open, may change. The best thing to do is to check our website at or call ahead before you visit to find out the most up-to-date information.

Here’s how things currently stand:

The Wordsworth Museum will be closed for redevelopment work throughout 2019.

Dove Cottage will be closed for some of 2019, hopefully opening for the summer season and then closing again in October – we’ll keep you updated, as this may change slightly.

The good news is that when Dove Cottage is closed, there will be an alternative experience in the Jerwood Centre, our collections and archive building. This will involve a virtual tour of Dove Cottage presented by a Dove Cottage guide. If you haven’t yet been inside the Jerwood centre, this is the perfect chance to have a nose around, as this experience will take place within the book-lined walls of our Reading Room. We hope to have this alternative option running from March onwards, and will let you know as soon as we have an exact start date for this.

We will still have a full programme of events, some of which will be taken on tour around Cumbria. Full details will be announced in March.

We really appreciate you bearing with us during this exciting year of change, and hope you will continue to visit throughout 2019. The best way to stay up to date with the project is by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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