Home of William Wordsworth
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Please browse the pictures, have a read about Rydal Mount and please drop in for a video chat.
Rydal Mount was the home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850. Visiting the house, and experiencing its creative atmosphere, offers an insight into the second half of Wordsworth's life. During this time he was focused on bringing up his family and consolidating his legacy as a poet. Many of Wordsworth's belongings, that were in the house when he lived here and then dispersed upon his death, have been returned to the house by his direct descendants. Wordsworth was also visited by many important cultural figures while he lived here - Coleridge, William Wilberforce, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathanial Hawthorne, to name but a few.
The gardens are offer another important understanding of Wordsworth. He was a keen gardener. The garden layout that visitors now experience was, in the main, designed by him. Wordsworth's philosophy on gardening was strongly influenced by his Romantic sensibilities. In keeping with his view that gardens shouldn't be too manicured and remain intrinsically linked with the landscape around them, the gardens at Rydal Mount consciously avoid "the tyranny of trimness and neatness".
The views of the fells from the house and gardens are spectacular.