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Keats House

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites Hampstead
Recommended
5 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
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© Michelle Grant 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.

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Venue name: Keats House
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Address: 10 Keats Grove
London
NW3 2RR
Opening hours: Open 11am - 5pm Wed - Sun
Transport: Tube: Hampstead or Belsize Park; Rail: Hampstead Heath
Price: Admission £6.50; £3.25-5.50 reductions; free under-18s
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Tastemaker

I love a time capsule. No, I'm not talking about those notes that you bury in your garden so your future self can unearth again and read what your younger self was like. But places in London where you feel like you've warped back in time and escape harsh reality. Keat's House is exactly that.


Keats is a romanticist poet in the Regency period (1700-1738-ish) whose work is celebrated by writers and poets even to this day. It's an amazing feeling to be standing in the rooms of someone who has done so much in English literature. Many of the house's features were preserved as closely as possible the way it would have looked 290 years ago which makes it feel like you'vee left the 21st century behind.


There's more to the house than just exploring around the rooms. Keats lived a short but extraordinary life. I learned of his love life, his past life before he turned to poetry, his interests and the company he keeps. It's eye-opening. 


The volunteers were extremely knowledgeable about Keats history and so pleasant to talk to. I highly encourage chatting to them as it enriches your experience many times more.


All in all, there are 3 floors to explore and Keats House is only a few minutes walk from Hampstead Heath. It's the perfect stop-by visit if you're in the area. 


This is a truly inspiring and evocative venue - a really interesting exhibition about the last place where the important Romantic poet John Keats lived in London (and fell in love with Fanny Brawne) before dying in Rome at only 25. A quiet, tucked away haven just a few steps away from the Heath, twice daily tours and a lovely gardenfor the public to enjoy


Don't know if I should tell about this gem of a place. My quiet spot to read a book from the library and have a picnic. Lovely garden not been in the house!

tastemaker

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.


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.


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,

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