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Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott also stayed here, whilst the writer Thomas de Quincey moved into Dove Cottage on Wordsworth’s departure.
From the 18th century onwards, many artists journeyed here in search of ‘the picturesque and the sublime’, including William Green, John Constable and Turner. In more recent times, the Heaton Cooper family succeeded in capturing the changing moods of the Lake District in watercolours.
Given this long association with artists and painters it is highly appropriate that Grasmere has the honour of hosting the annual Lakeland Artists’ Society Exhibition every year.
Painters, writers and poets started exploring the Lake District in the mid 18th century in search of the picturesque and romantic notions of beauty. William Wordsworth (1770-1850) described the vale as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found' and came to live here in 1799.
He spent much time walking in the area, composing lines of poetry based on what he experienced.
His most inspirational years were spent at Dove Cottage (1799-1808). He and his family then moved to the more spacious Allan Bank (1808-1811), followed by a short stint at the Rectory (1811-1814) and lastly to Rydal Mount (1814-1850). Fellow poets and writers, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott, were frequent guests of the Wordsworths.
Home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808, his most prolific and inspirational years as a poet. Discover the house and family on a guided tour - many of the Wordsworth's household items are on display, including furniture, family possessions and portraits. The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery next door houses a collection illustrating the life of the poet and his contemporaries through manuscripts, books and art.
William Wordsworth's ‘best loved family home' for 37 years until his death in 1850. He moved to Rydal Mount in 1813 with his wife, 3 children (two had died the previous year), sister Dorothy and sister-in-law Sara Hutchinson and adapted the home to suit his lifestyle - adding another storey to accommodate his study.
A family-run art gallery, first established by artist Alfred Heaton Cooper in 1905. The Heaton Cooper Studio displays original paintings and prints by four generations of the Heaton Cooper family, all of whom have been inspired by the magnificent scenery of the area.
Grasmere has long been associated with a spicy gingerbread, first made by Sarah Nelson using a secret recipe. Its reputation as a sweet delicacy was well known and became an attraction for Victorian travellers coming to see Wordsworth's grave. The old Gingerbread Shop next to the church still makes gingerbread to the traditional recipe, and now sells the famous confectionery all over the world.
The beautiful lakes of Grasmere and Rydal Water are fringed by woodlands and open fells. The elevated walk along Loughrigg Terrace provides unrivalled views over both lakes whilst Wordsworth's Seat, to the north, enjoys fine views over Rydal Water. Some classic fell walks can be enjoyed from Grasmere and Rydal including Helm Crag and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Another popular walk is to Easedale Tarn to the northwest of Grasmere.
The cave, situated above Rydal Water, is a man made cavern that served as a slate quarry supplying excellent quality slate to the local villages, more than two hundred years ago. These days visitors can walk into the gaping mouth of the cave and explore the awesome mini ampitheatre complete with jagged rocks and a flooded pool inhabited by small fish and insects.