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GrasmereUnited Kingdom

Wander through what Wordsworth described as the “loveliest spot that man hath ever found” to feel the stirring emotions of the Lake Poets.

Scenic River Rothay runs through Grasmere’s valleys and vast fields. This charming village in the Lake District is best known as home of one of England’s most famous poets, William Wordsworth. Visit his former family homes to see the natural world through his discerning eyes.

Amble around the village center and enjoy a picnic on the central green, amid the quaint ambiance generated by 19th-century houses. St. Oswald’s Church dates back to the 14th century and contains the gravestones of Wordsworth’s family. Peruse the small adjacent building, once a schoolhouse, which now holds Sarah Nelson’s aromatic Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.

Enter Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived with his sister Dorothy for 8 years from 1799. Admire the oak panels and coal-burning fireplaces from the early 19th century. The adjacent Wordsworth Museum contains personal items, including his letters and poem drafts.

Look around the spectacular landscape gardens of Rydal Mount, where the poet moved with his wife and children. He stayed here from 1813 until his death in 1850. Stand in his Writing Hut to see the beauty of the surrounding river and hills as Wordsworth would have done many years ago.

Other writers who lived in this region include essayist John Ruskin, children’s author Beatrix Potter and Samuel Coleridge, famous for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Spectacular scenery appears in every direction. Cycle around Lake Grasmere and Windermere to the south. Trek to Easedale Tarn, 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the west.

The weather in this small village is relatively wet and mild year-round. Brace yourself for cold winter winds, when snow flurries fall.

Find the village in the southwestern part of the Lake District National Park, 8 miles (13 kilometers) northwest of the village of Windermere. Drive north from London for 5 to 6 hours to get to this stunning region in northwestern England.

As the home of the Lake Poets, Grasmere has a special place in the hearts of literature and nature enthusiasts.

Top hotels in Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel
The Daffodil Hotel
4 out of 5
Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, England
The price is £147 per night from 17 Nov to 18 Nov

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum. Alcock Tarn and St Oswald's Church are also within 10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (364 reviews)

"Superb location on the banks of Grasmere and a few minutes’ walk from the village."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

The Daffodil Hotel
Traveller's Rest Inn
Traveller's Rest Inn
4 out of 5
Grasmere, Ambleside, England
The price is £77 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Situated in Ambleside, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (173 reviews)

"Very good overnight stay in the Lake District. Good location, good food and lovely staff."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Traveller's Rest Inn
The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa
The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Stock Lane, Grasmere, Ambleside, England
The price is £100 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is steps away from Grasmere Garden Village, St Oswald's Church and Helm Crag. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (399 reviews)

"Not been away since the pandemic. But spent the night here as it was my birthday. Hotel was clean, tidy, and organised. Had a meal in the restaurant that was stellar. Spent time in their bar which was well controlled. And you could tell they wanted to put guest safety seriously. Excellent experience ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa
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Top Holiday Rentals in Grasmere

Bakers Rest Cottage
Bakers Rest Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Bakers Rest Grasmere, Ambleside, England

Situated in Ambleside, this cottage is steps away from Helm Crag, Grasmere Garden Village and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also ...

Bakers Rest Cottage
Old Bakers Cottage
Old Bakers Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Old Baker's Cottage Langdale Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, England

Situated in Ambleside, this cottage is steps away from Helm Crag, Grasmere Garden Village and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also ...

Old Bakers Cottage
Stonegarth Mews
Stonegarth Mews
3.5 out of 5
Stonegarth Lake View Drive Grasmere, Ambleside, England

Situated in Ambleside, this cottage is steps away from St Oswald's Church and Grasmere Garden Village. Helm Crag and Wordsworth Museum are also within 10 ...

Stonegarth Mews
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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