Finding inspiration in and around the Lake District is undeniably simple, where latter-day creativity builds on a heritage of artistic innovators, dating as far back as before the 18th Century. Delve into the lives of William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and many more, and see the Lake District through the eyes of these literary favourites.
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
Named as one of Britain’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth resided in Dove Cottage with his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808. Taking advantage of the serene and enchanting nature of his surroundings, he was able to concentrate and produce some of his most inspiring work here. At Dove Cottage, you are able to take a guide tour which will give you an entertaining insight of Wordsworth’s life and the tricks of his fans and friends. The garden was created by Wordsworth and his sister, and is where he created some of the greatest poetry in the English language.
The Wordsworth Museum is located just next door to the Cottage, where you can explore a vast selection of manuscripts and paintings, and discover the greatest collection of journals, poems and letters. Events and Exhibitions are common at the museum. Visit here
for more information for Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum.
John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era and lived his last 28 years in Coniston at Brantwood House. Filled with beautiful paintings, furniture and personal treasures belonging to Ruskin, Brantwood still has the very charm and character of Ruskin. Like many of the historic houses in the Lake District, the house remains a place oozing with inspiration and regularly holds exhibitions, concerts and special courses. Visit here
for more information
Blackwell, Arts and Crafts House
Blackwell is one of the most important surviving houses in England from the 20th century, and was designed by M H Baillie Scott between 1897 and 1900. Most of the original decorative interiors are still in place and was restored in 2000-2001 as an art gallery for the public. The gallery is designed not to be static, but to bring back the life a house that was built as a place to be enjoyed. For more information about Blackwell and it’s legacy, visit here
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction/Hill Top House
Come on, a visit to the Lake District doesn’t count without a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter
attraction; the most popular attraction in the Lakes. Its character perfectly encapsulates the beauty and charm of the Lake District, where Beatrix Potter found inspiration for her stories and children’s classics, such as Peter Rabbit. Hill Top House
is a 17th century farmhouse and here lived Beatrix Potter. Hill Top remains as Beatrix would have left it and is still full of her favourite things, giving visitors a truly authentic insight to her life in the Lakes.