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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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Low Wood Bay £140
Low Wood Bay

Low Wood Bay

Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Hall Bank Cottage, Rydal
    Hall Bank Cottage, Rydal

    Hall Bank Cottage, Rydal

    Hall Bank Cottage, Rydal, Ambleside, ENG
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the riverfront, this historic cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Rydal Mount and Dora's Field. Rydal Water and Alcock Tarn are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Glen Rothay
      Glen Rothay

      Glen Rothay

      Rydal, Cumbria, Ambleside, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Ambleside, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Rydal Water and Dora's Field. Rydal Mount and Alcock Tarn are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        The Daffodil Hotel £147
        The Daffodil Hotel

        The Daffodil Hotel

        Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum. Alcock Tarn and St Oswald's Church are also within 10 minutes.

          Garden Cottage Stepping Stones
          Garden Cottage Stepping Stones

          Garden Cottage Stepping Stones

          Under Loughrigg, Ambleside, ENG
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ambleside, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Dora's Field and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Lake Windermere. Rydal Mount and Rydal Water are also within 15 minutes.

            Riverbank At Stepping Stones
            Riverbank At Stepping Stones

            Riverbank At Stepping Stones

            Under Loughrigg, Ambleside, ENG
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ambleside, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Dora's Field and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Lake Windermere. Rydal Water and White Platts Recreation Ground are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Delightful Cottage in Stunning Location Near Ambleside; Ideal for Central Lakes
              Delightful Cottage in Stunning Location Near Ambleside; Ideal for Central Lakes

              Delightful Cottage in Stunning Location Near Ambleside; Ideal for Central Lakes

              Under Loughrigg, Stableman's Cottage at Stepping Stones, Ambleside, ENG
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this historic holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Dora's Field and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Lake Windermere. Rydal Mount and Rydal Water are also within 15 minutes.

                Crow How Country Guest House
                Crow How Country Guest House

                Crow How Country Guest House

                Rydal Rd, Ambleside, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Armitt Museum and Gallery, Dora's Field and Rydal Mount. Rydal Water and White Platts Recreation Ground are also within 1 mile (2 km).