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  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  years.
Rydal Mount was once a small farm cottage built in the
middle of the sixteen  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.
living here Wordsworth became distributor of Stamps
for Westmorland and at the age of seventy three 
he accepted the honour of becoming Poet Laureate, on
condition that he would not be required to compose verse
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  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.
It is advisable to
contact Rydal Mount prior to your visit if there is
something specific you wish to see or any alterations
have been made to the Opening times and the attraction
Further information and details on opening
times, costs and facilities please contact or
visit web site.
Location - between Ambleside
and Grasmere close to Rydal Water on the A591