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Flood-hit Wordsworth House reopens with a new look

Cockermouth's Wordsworth House Photo: Wordsworth House

Cockermouth's flood-hit Wordsworth House has undergone extensive repairs and re-opens this weekend ahead of the Easter holidays.

Like much of central Cockermouth, the historic house and garden were damaged by December’s flooding and staff and contractors have worked over the winter to repair the damage and make a range of alterations.

The revamp includes new discovery and exhibition rooms containing displays and family activities, and a specially made 10-minute film playing in the cellar.

The National Trust, which runs Wordsworth House, wants locals to be among the first to experience the transformation, so anyone with a CA postcode can visit free this weekend. All they need to do is show proof of address.

“We’re very excited about all the changes we’ve made and are keen to show them off.

“Our Discovery Room will have a family area, including a giant magnetic storytelling game and a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy and key role in the creation of the National Trust, while our new film explains how William and his sister, Dorothy, changed the world.”

– Zoe Gilbert, Wordsworth House visitor experience manager

Wordsworth House and Garden, on Main Street, Cockermouth, is open Saturday to Thursday, 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm) until October 30. Entry to the exhibition, which closes at 4pm, is free with admission to the house and garden. Price: Adult £8, child £4, family £20. Admission for National Trust members is free.