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Rydal Mount near Ambleside Lake District RYDAL MOUNT AND GARDENS


Rydal MountRydal Mount & Gardens is situated between Ambleside and Grasmere and was the home of William Wordsworth and his family between 1813 - 1850.

The Wordsworth rented the large house on the hillside with excellent views of the surrounding fells, Rydal Water and Lake Windermere above the church of St Mary, Rydal. Within the household their was William, Mary his wife, the three [3] surviving children John, Dora and William, his sister Dorothy, sister-in-law Sara Hutchinson. Rydal Mount was to be their last home for the adults and William dying in 1850 on the 23rd April at the age of eighty [80] years.

Rydal Mount was once a small farm cottage built in the middle of the sixteen [16] century, later it would be extended and improved. Within the house you can see in the dining room the original oak beams and the flagged floor, also can be seen are various rooms along with the bedrooms and Wordsworth attic study. Portraits, personal possessions and the first editions of the poet's work can be seen.

Entrance Rydal MountWhile living here Wordsworth became distributor of Stamps for Westmorland and at the age of seventy three [73] he accepted the honour of becoming Poet Laureate, on condition that he would not be required to compose verse on demand.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Matthew Arnold whom were literary figures were visitors to the house and were part of the happier times here with his sister Dorothy becoming mental ill which caused him great sorrow and the death of his daughter Dora caused him to be inconsolable.

The gardens have hardly changed for over hundred and fifty [150] years and were designed by Wordsworth himself. The gardens having a blend of various shrubs and different colours in season, you can see the mount or mound from which the house gets its name from with views down Lake Windermere and beyond.

Gardens Rydal Mount


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Location - between Ambleside and Grasmere close to Rydal Water on the A591

Telephone: Rydal Mount +44 [0] 15394 33002
Fax: Rydal Mount +44 [0] 15394 31738
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