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Grasmere

Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around. From Dunmail Raise in the north, the vale of Grasmere opens up with the rugged peak of Helm Crag (otherwise known as ‘the Lion and the Lamb’) sheltering the town to the south. The combination of scattered hamlets and farmsteads, verdant woodlands, and lush meadows fringing the lakes of Grasmere and Rydal Water and Loughrigg Tarn conjures up a quintessential image of romantic Lakeland.

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The Travellers Rest Inn

The Travellers Rest Inn

Inn with 9 rooms, £45-£140 pppnb

Bramrigg House

Bramrigg House

Self-catering with 1 unit, £880-£2050 pupw sleeps 4-10

Little Parrock

Little Parrock

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1200-£3300 pupw sleeps 8-10

Beck Allans

Beck Allans Self Catering Apartments

Self-catering with 4 units, £325-£615 pupw sleeps 2-4

Langdale Hotel & Spa

Langdale Hotel and Spa

Country House Hotel with 57 rooms, £150-£200 prpnb

The MacDonald Swan Hotel

The MacDonald Swan Hotel

Hotel with 41 rooms, £58-£250 pppnb

Thorney How (aerial view)

Thorney How

Tourist Hostel with 29 bedrooms, £20-£42 pppn, £68-£140 prpn

The Wordsworth Hotel bedroom

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

Country House Hotel with 39 rooms, £138-£480 prpnb

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel

Tourist Hostel with 40 bedspaces, £15-£138 pppn, £25-£146 prpn

Raise View House

Raise View House

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £61-£185 prpnb

Broadrayne farm Cottages

Broadrayne Farm Cottages

Self-catering with 4 units, £200-£770 pupw sleeps 1-5

7 Lingmoor View, lounge

2 & 7 Lingmoor View

Self-catering with 2 units, £225-£510 pupw sleeps 1-4

Riverside Cottage

Riverside Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £525-£1330 pupw sleeps 1-6

3 Tarn Cottages, Grasmere

3 Tarn Cottages

Self-catering with 1 unit, £260-£573 pupw sleeps 1-4

Broadrayne Farm

Grasmere Independent Hostel

Tourist Hostel with 24 bunks, £22-£23 pppn, £60-£550 prpn

Beck Allans Guest House

Beck Allans Guest House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £87-£114 prpnb

Meadow Bank

Meadow Bank

Self-catering with 2 units, £0-£2050 pupw sleeps 2-10

Wistaria Cottage & No.3 Main Street

Wistaria Cottage & No.3 Main Street

Self-catering with 2 units, £440-£510 pupw sleeps 1-4

Things to do

What's on

Surrounding Areas

Rydal Water
Thirlmere

Culture and Heritage

Rydal mount
Rydal Cave
Wordsworth Museum
The natural beauty of the area has provided inspiration for painters, poets, writers and craftsmen for years. The vale of Grasmere and Rydal, described by Wordsworth as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’, became his adopted home.

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.
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