Visiting Coleridge country


Nether Stowey and the Quantocks

Walking with Coleridge and Wordsworth

The Royal Geographical Society's website project 'Discovering Britain' includes a seven-mile Quantock walk starting at Holford. The website includes a wealth of background information.

Poole House, Nether Stowey

Luxury bed and breakfast. Poole House originates from the late 17th Century and its illustrious visitors include Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The house was owned by local philanthropist, Thomas Poole, who befriended the poets and their families when they visited or lived in Nether Stowey.

Tom Poole

The Coleridge Way

This  36-mile walk from Nether Stowey to Porlock, which opened in 2005, now has its own website with a detailed route, OS mapping, information on accommodation along the route, and a picture gallery. There's everything you need to plan a walk or stay along the route.

Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey

Owners and administrators of Coleridge Cottage

Friends of Quantock

Charity dedicated to conserving the Quantock Hills.

Quantock Online

A community resource for the Quantock area of interest to both the local community and visitors. There is a splendid gallery of Quantock photographs.

Quantock Lodge

A gracious, historic, Victorian mansion in secluded peaceful surroundings, less than a mile from Nether Stowey.

Other Coleridgean Places

Coleridge Memorial Project, Ottery St Mary

A new initiative to commemorate Coleridge in his birthplace.

Greta Hall, Keswick, the Lake District

Coleridge lived in Greta Hall between 1800 and 1806. The house has been sympathetically restored and has suites of various sizes available for holiday let. The view from his study window is described repeatedly in his notebook writing of the time, and it is even possible to sleep in this room, where he wrote 'Dejection' in April 1802. (Read descriptions by Coleridge and Charles Lamb).

The house is only opened to the public on English Heritage Open Days. Tours of the whole house followed by afternoon tea in what was the Coleridges' kitchen. Details can be found on the website, usually from about June.