Places to visit near Grasmere

Just 8 miles from Windermere, Grasmere offers a choice of attractions and stunning places to visit.

If you are planning to visit Grasmere, why not book into a romantic Windermere cottage and make the most of both towns?

Situated in central Cumbria, Grasmere was formerly part of the county of Westmorland, and lies adjacent to the lake of the same name. With many connections to famous poets, including William Wordsworth, Grasmere has evolved into one of the most popular Lake District destinations.

William Wordsworth lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, and described it as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found.”

The famous writer, Thomas de Quincey, moved into Dove Cottage when Wordsworth left, and from the 18th Century onwards, wealthy Victorian tourists flocked to the Lake District to experience the landscapes which inspired the famous poets of the day. Grasmere, Rydal and Ambleside acquired large new hotels to accommodate the tourists, many dating from the late 19th century.

Grasmere gingerbread

First produced in 1870, Grasmere gingerbread can still be bought from the Old Gingerbread Shop next to the church. First made by Sarah Nelson using a secret recipe, the spicy gingerbread is now sold all over the world, and was originally popular with Victorian travellers who came to Grasmere to see Wordsworth´s grave.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Once home to famous poet, William Wordsworth, between 1799 and 1808, Dove Cottage is a major tourist attraction in Grasmere. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour around the house and see how Wordsworth and his family once lived. The Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery houses a collection illustrating the life of the poet and his family through art and books. Also hosting a changing programme of exhibitions exploring various themes, this attraction is well worth a visit.

If you are staying in a Windermere cottage, why not take your time to explore your surroundings?

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Described by William Wordsworth as his ´best loved family home´, Rydal Mount attracts visitors from all over the region. Having moved to the house in 1813 with his wife and three children, Wordsworth adapted the building to suit his lifestyle. An extra storey was added to make a study, and some of the poets personal effects are now exhibited, including letters and manuscripts. The four acre landscaped garden, designed by Wordsworth remains virtually unchanged.

Taffy Thomas's Storytelling Garden

The Northern Centre for Storytelling is based at Taffy Thomas´s Storytelling Garden. This is a charitable organisation which is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the art of storytelling.

The Lake District is home to some of the most stunning scenery and amazing attractions in the UK. The lakes are the ideal place to spend a family holiday or a quiet week away from the crowds, with a range of events, attractions and facilities for all the family. Cosy pubs in Coniston, romantic cottages in Windermere, themed hotels in Bowness, guest houses in Grasmere and superb bed and breakfast accommodation in Braithwaite are just some of the excellent accommodation choices in the Lake District.