Keats House

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Keats House
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Keats House

This was the home of the Romantic poet from 1818 to 1820, when he left for Rome in the hope of alleviating his tuberculosis (he died of the disease the following year, aged 25). The interior of Keats House was sensitively restored and reopened in 2009, and again in 2014 following an Arts Council England grant; the refurbishments reflect the original decoration of the property, creating a living space that Keats would have recognised and providing an authentic example of Regency style. As well as mooching through the rooms, you can attend events and talks in the poetry reading room and see a display on Keats's sweetheart, Fanny Brawne, who lived next door. The love affair was the subject of the movie 'Bright Star' (2009), directed by Jane Campion, and a selection of costumes from the film can be seen in the house, alongside the engagement ring given by Keats to Brawne. The garden, where the poet composed 'Ode to a Nightingale', is a particularly pretty spot.

Venue name: Keats House
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Address: 10 Keats Grove
London
NW3 2RR
Opening hours: Wed - Sun, 11am - 5pm
Transport: Tube: Hampstead or Belsize Park; Rail: Hampstead Heath
Price: £6.50 (adults), £4.50 (over 65), £4.50 (students and jobseekers), free under-17s
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MatureLinda

The house is just a couple of minutes walk from Hampstead Heath station and is surprisingly small and unpretentious when you walk through the gate to the garden.  On sunny days, members of the public come and sit (and lay) here for free in the beautiful serene surroundings.  The house charges a small fee to enter and I spent an absorbing 3 hours finding out about the poet and the poems he wrote in his short life. There are 3 floors filled with stories of his life, including a short film. A talk at 3pm each day is included in the admission fee. This was a very informative visit to a beautiful house in peaceful surroundings.  Lovely day.

Bente D

An oasis in an oasis. Pop in if you're in the area. Hampstead Heath is just around the corner so you could combine the two.

Divya Mathur

Wonderful feeling. we are an Indian poetry society meeting at Royal Festival Hall monthly in summers. It would be fabulous to hold one of our poetry recitals at Keats House, if possible. Thank you and all good wishes,