Wild stream of Aira, hold thy course,
Nor fear memorial lays,
Where clouds that spread in solemn shade,
Are edged with golden rays!
Dear art thou to the light of heaven,
Though minister of sorrow;
Sweet is thy voice at pensive even.
And thou, in lovers' hearts forgiven,
Shalt take thy place with Yarrow!
Dove Cottage is still much as it was when the Wordsworth family moved out in 1808. It was in this house that Wordsworth wrote his best-known and most loved poetry including “I wandered lonely as a cloud” (the daffodils poem) and his great, epic work, “The Prelude”. Here and in the Wordsworth Museum next door are the only places in the world where his possessions and manuscripts are displayed together.
An entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage gives a vivid impression of life here, the people who visited and their exploits.
Special exhibitions change three times a year and cover art, travel, lives of famous people and social history.