A Literary Paradise

Milton's Cottage is the only surviving home of the poet and parliamentarian John Milton – and the place where he completed Paradise Lost.

“Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life … as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous Dragons teeth.”

Milton, Areopagitica

Welcome to Milton’s Cottage – the only surviving home of the visionary poet and political writer, John Milton.  It was in this 16th century cottage that he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost, and was inspired to write its sequel, Paradise Regained.

Today, Milton’s Cottage is open to the public as a museum.  It retains the charm of the 17th century home that Milton would have known whilst housing one of the world’s most important collections relating to the writer on open display.  The three museum rooms contain rare books, paintings and prints that give a unique insight into Milton’s life, work and influence.

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