Top 10 Things to do in Grasmere, United Kingdom (UK)

April 4, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake, and has associations with the Lake Poets. The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for 14 years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found."
Restaurants in Grasmere

1. Easedale Tarn

Easedale, Grasmere, England
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5 based on 597 reviews

Easedale Tarn

Reviewed By John D - Leeds, United Kingdom

Possibly one of the most stunning locations I've ever seen. The base of the mountain is an idyllic valley with 360 panoramas devoid of the modern world but full of sheep. There's a gentle stream overflowing onto crooked paths which you follow. The falls on the side of the mountain can been seen from afar. I went here in Autumn and the atmosphere was magical with golden golden trees and fallen leaves. This time trapped landscape was real Hobbit scenery but as you climb up to the tarn the gentle green valley gives way to Mordor where 'one does not simply walk into' territory. It's not that difficult to walk to the top but you have to carefully watch your step as your ascend the footpath/ rocks. It's worth a stop by the waterfall with stunning views of the valley below. As you progress higher you're not sure where the top of the mountain is. Everytime I thought we were near the top a new peak revealed itself until the tarn was revealed. I was surprised and impressed by how high these Mountains were. They looked smaller in photographs. When you finally reach the tarn it's surrounded further peaks. If you want to reach the summit you might have to wade and jump through boggy paths or streams so have good footwear. I saw a number of people attempt to jump across a stream and fall in mud. It is an adventure getting to the top where the atmosphere in late autumn was slightly bleaker and craggy in contrast to sunny Hobbitshire down in the valley.

2. Lake Grasmere

Grasmere, England
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4.5 based on 321 reviews

Lake Grasmere

Reviewed By OldBear - Lancashire, England

The beauty of this lake and surrounding countryside should be viewed from both sides of the lake wether walking, cycling or by car.
We love visiting here and Grasmere Village, our favourite place in the Lakes. The light and Sunshine can provide a wonderful backdrop for photographs.

3. Helm Crag

Grasmere, Grasmere, England
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5 based on 273 reviews

Helm Crag

Reviewed By Sarah C

Unfortunately it rained very heavily on our walk making the scrambling part of the walk quite slippery. The views were amazing despite the rain obscuring them somewhat. I hope to return in better weather. It is a short walk from the hostel and reasonably sign posted.

4. The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Church Cottage, Grasmere LA22 9SW, England +44 15394 35428
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Reviewed By Pootlemum - Southampton, United Kingdom

This shop does exactly as prescribed- sells traditional gingerbread. They make it there too so the smell is heavenly! It is the smallest shop ever! So don't go expecting to be able to swing a cat in there or to buy anything but the gingerbread but if you are after pure tradition it isn't to be missed

5. Allan Bank

Grasmere, England +44 15394 35143
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4.5 based on 427 reviews

Allan Bank

Reviewed By Doobles63 - Birmingham

This is a must do in Grasmere and a good family destination for 45-60 minutes. There is not a lot of original items in the house. but plenty of activity for children to undertake. The staff are enthusistic and there to give all the background information you require. There is a NT shop and a Tea room which works on the basis of a honesty box. If you have not seen the red squirrels during your stay in the Lakes, you are sure to see them on a visit to Allan Bank.

6. Alcock Tarn

Grasmere, England
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Alcock Tarn

Reviewed By SkinnyJonny - Durham, United Kingdom

Alcock Tarn is a wee bit special as it's hidden away off the beaten track. Many ramblers do not venture of the Coffin Route between Rydal and Grasmere but the walk up to the tarn is lovely with wonderful alternative views over Grasmere, Helm Crag and Easedale. Wild water swimming is very safe in the tarn.

7. Dove Cottage

Grasmere LA22 9SH, England +44 15394 35544
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4.5 based on 614 reviews

Dove Cottage

William Wordsworth is Britain's best-loved poet. His life was a series of adventures and his early experiences made him into a rebel. Orphaned as a child, he went to University, travelled across Europe during the French Revolution, fell in love with an older French woman and then returned to turn English literature on its head with his radical ideas and poems in language that anyone could understand. He moved to Dove Cottage in 1799 and stayed for nine years, writing some of the most famous poetry in the English language, inspired by the landscape and the people he met. Visitors can take guided tours of Dove Cottage, wander in the Gardens he designed and planted with his sister and discover his incredible life story in the museum next door (included in admission). Special Exhibitions change regularly and family activities are integrated into the experience, with family friendly events during the school holidays.

Reviewed By geofflancs - Cardiff, United Kingdom

Home for eight years of William Wordsworth and for those familiar with his famous daffodills poem which he wrote in this cottage, it is like revisiting your schooldays. Under £20 for two of us is a small price to pay. The museum is interesting with appropriate memorabilia on display. The visit to Dove Cottage was done through a very knowledgeable guide who gave useful explanations coupled with a few humorous asides. We now know a lot more about Wordsworth than we did before we visited. Afterwards, you can visit his grave in Grasmere.

8. Grasmere Chocolate Cottage

The Old Coach House 2 Stock Lane | Lake District National Park, The Old Coach House, Grasmere LA22 9SL, England +44 7926 302934
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5 based on 74 reviews

Grasmere Chocolate Cottage

We are the first set of shops across the road from the main Stock Lane car park. Next door to the post office.

Reviewed By Andrew F

Visited this little gem 2 years in a row on our annual breaks to the lakes. The chocolate tasted amazing and the service made the experience even better. So we brought the family to visit this year and they loved every bite!Dear Andrew and family, Really appreciate your feedback and lovely to see you all. For us it is this and of course the love of chocolate that makes it all worth while. Many Thanks Richard & AngelaB

9. Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage A591, Grasmere LA22 9SH, England
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Wordsworth Museum

Attached to Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum lets visitors discover Wordsworth's amazing life and what inspired and influenced him. Orphaned as a child, he attended Cambridge University then went on a walking trip across Europe during the French Revolution. He returned to England, determined to change English literature by writing in language that everyone could understand and about subjects that would outrage the establishment. Displays include pictures, letters, personal possessions and original manuscripts, written in his own hand, showing how he amended and re-wrote his work, striving for the perfect expression of his ideas - which still are relevant today.

Reviewed By pasowine - Paso Robles, California

Nice place to visit, but somewhat expensive and likely more worth it if you are indeed a Wordsworth fan. The museum did not really hold our attention, but there were some interesting things like the original manuscripts. Spoke with some people who said that visiting the Wordsworth House in Cockermouth might be better for us.

10. St. Oswald's Church

Grasmere, England
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

St. Oswald's Church

The simple tombstone of William Wadsworth and his wife Mary is located in the churchyard, making this church one of the most visited Literary shrines in the world.

Reviewed By redeco - Warren, Massachusetts

One of the main reasons to visit St. Oswald's is that the Wordsworth family graves are located in its churchyard. The cemetery is peaceful and quiet with the Wordsworth burial plots at the far end of the burial ground. People still leave mementos and flowers at William Wordsworth's grave.
The church itself was established in 642 AD, and the current structure dates back, perhaps, to the 12th century. The Romanesque arches and exposed roof timbers are medieval classics. On the day of our visit, there were church members on site to give background stories to the tourists. Even in the rain, there were quite a few people visiting.
Nice spot to visit; Enjoy!

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