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Traveller's Rest Inn

Traveller's Rest Inn

GRASMERE, Ambleside LA22 9RR

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Grasmere, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's Church. Easdale …

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The Daffodil Hotel

The Daffodil Hotel

Keswick Road, Ambleside LA22 9PR

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (102 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum. Alcock Tarn and St …

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The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

Stock Lane, Ambleside LA22 9SW

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this spa hotel is steps from Grasmere Garden Village, St Oswald's Church, and Helm Crag. Wordsworth …

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Rothay Garden Hotel

Rothay Garden Hotel

Broadgate, Ambleside LA22 9RJ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's …

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Macdonald Swan Hotel

Macdonald Swan Hotel

Keswick Road, Ambleside LA22 9RF

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's Church. …

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Chestnut Villa

Chestnut Villa

Keswick Road, Ambleside LA22 9RE

3.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's …

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Lancrigg Hotel

Lancrigg Hotel

Easedale Road, Ambleside LA22 9QN

3.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Easdale Tarn, Grasmere Garden Village and Helm Crag. St …

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Dale Lodge Hotel

Dale Lodge Hotel

Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SW

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (71 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this hotel is steps from Helm Crag, Grasmere Garden Village, and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum …

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YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe - Hostel

YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe - Hostel

Easedale Road, Ambleside LA22 9QG

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4.1 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag and St Oswald's Church. …

£15
Thorney How

Thorney How

Thorney How, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9QW

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Located in Grasmere, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Easdale Tarn, Grasmere Garden Village and Helm Crag. St Oswald' …

£67

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Pocket Guide: Grasmere

Travelling to Grasmere

Grasmere is deservedly one of the Lake District’s biggest draws. Nearby Ambleside and Bowness may nestle against the vast Lake Windermere, but the attractions here are on a smaller and more intimate scale.

For a start there’s the connection to the Romantic poets, with Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and his final resting place. Wordsworth described Grasmere as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". And it’s hard to disagree: Grasmere’s real pleasures are not literary but visual. This is one of the prettiest of the Lakeland hamlets.

Choosing your hotel in Grasmere

There’s a good choice of hotels in Grasmere and in its surrounds too, so you can stay amid the scenic splendour. The hamlet huddles next to a small but perfectly formed lake that is studded with islands, which William and Dorothy would row out to for picnics and inspiration. Beautiful woods surround the lake and the whole landscape is set off by pastures and slate-coloured hills.

Thanks to its literary associations Grasmere does get busy, so it may not be the rural idyll you have dreamed of, but choose your hotel carefully and you can still stay in romantic seclusion nearby.

If you are looking to be pampered there is an excellent spa hotel in Grasmere itself. For those looking not to splash out budget hotel options in Grasmere include a hostel and a number of bed and breakfasts. For a sense of space and seclusion romantic hotels and country house hotels can be found in the surrounding area set amid the delightful Lakeland scenery.

When to book your Grasmere hotel

There’s plenty to do here all year round but there are some added attractions in the summer months.

During this time you can hire your own rowing boats and take a tour of the pretty lake. And, if you visit, during August you may catch the annual Grasmere Sports. First held in 1852, these are the main event in Grasmere’s calendar, and one of the most popular traditional events in the entire Lake District. Take your seat to enjoy Cumberland wrestling, fell running and hound trails.

Every year on the Saturday nearest to St Oswald’s Day (5th August), Grasmere celebrates its Rushbearing Festival. This custom dates back to the days when the earthen floor of the church was strewn with rushes for warmth and cleanliness and involves parades and music throughout the streets.

Each year from the end of July to the beginning of September, Grasmere Village Hall hosts the Lake Artists’ Society Summer Exhibition. Here you can see hundreds of exhibits by local artists and sculptors.

Things to do near your hotel in Grasmere

Simple pleasures such as wandering around the lake can be combined with some sweet treats. The legendary Grasmere gingerbread is still sold, made to Sarah Nelson’s secret recipe that was much admired by Wordsworth himself. It has also been joined by the Handmade Chocolate Shop, whose artisanal delights have been wowing visitors.

After visiting Dove Cottage you can stroll to Wordsworth's grave in the churchyard and then follow a footpath along the west shore of the lake for a pleasant stroll that will take you to Rydal Water. This small lake reflections the majesty of Loughrigg fell in its waters and is where Wordsworth lived in Rydal Mount, which is open to the public. Nearby Dora’s Field, named after Wordsworth's daughter, is covered in daffodils in springtime.

A short drive from Grasmere will introduce you to the World of Beatrix Potter, a theme park that brings Peter Rabbit and his friends to life. Less aimed at the children is Ambleside’s Armitt Library and Museum, which focuses on the cultural heritage of the Lake District. It includes among its collection is a fascinating exploration of Beatrix Potter’s life and work.

While you are here you can admire the strength of the flowing water at Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70-foot waterfall. At its top there is Bridge House, a 17th century structure that is now used as an information centre for the National Trust.

A little further afield there’s the chance to admire the Lake District as its first tourists did, by steam train. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway takes you along the coast to the foot of the Scafell range.

Those looking to enjoy gentle strolls or strenuous hikes will find many to choose from nearby. There are a number of gentle walks and strenuous hikes to enjoy. Popular walks include following Red Bank Road and then the footpath along the west shore of the lake towards Rydal Water, heading up the footpath to Loughrigg Terrace where a huge cave awaits or taking up the challenge that is the ascent of Scafell Pike.

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