Visit Grasmere & Rydal
places to visit
Nestled at the feet of Langdale's soaring pikes you'll find the Sticklebarn, a National Trust run country pub offering real ale, good wine and great food right in the heart of the Lake District.
We are a small, friendly company specialising in tailoring courses to perfectly meet your needs. If you want to make the most of your time in the Lake District book a day with our highly qualified and knowledgeable instructors.
Wordsworth's most famous home where he was inspired to write most of his poetry. Take an entertaining guided tour around Dove Cottage and explore the museum and special exhibition. Special activities for families.
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.
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.
The nearby hamlet of Rydal is associated with two influential families: the Le Flemings and the Wordsworths. Rydal Hall was the home of the Le Fleming family who moved here from Coniston Hall and Rydal Mount was Wordsworth’s home for the last 37 years of his life.
hotels in grasmere
Hotel with 13 rooms, £108-£389 prpnb, Grasmere
Oak Bank Hotel is owned and personally managed by Glynis & Simon Wood. We have 13 ensuite bedrooms in three different grades, a two AA rosette awarded restaurant, two guest lounges, of which one has a real log fire and bar and a garden.
Inn with 9 rooms, £45-£120 pppnb, Grasmere
An original 16thC coaching inn on the outskirts of Grasmere village, The Travellers Rest epitomizes the traditional Lakeland inn.
Self-catering with 4 units, £410-£610 pupw sleeps 2-4, Grasmere
A selection of individual holiday apartments sleeping 2 to 4 persons. Quietly situated in our own grounds and having their own charm and character, no two are the same. All are warm, well maintained and include a full inventory. Freeview TV
Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £49-£165 prpnb, Grasmere
Situated at the northern end of Grasmere, yet just 5 minutes walk into the village centre, Raise View House has uninterrupted views of Easedale and the surrounding fells, including the famed Lion and the Lamb.
Tourist Hostel with 29 bedrooms, £68-£140 prpn, Grasmere
A family run 3 star hostel, offering B&B, licensed, high quality accommodation and bunkhouse with an excellent food offer. The tranquil location provides a perfect place from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer.
Self-catering with 2 units, £440-£3025 pupw sleeps 4-10, Grasmere
Rothay Lodge & Apartment, in a peaceful riverside location, a short level walk to village shops, pubs and restaurants. All services, linen and towels provided.
Tourist Hostel with 24 bunks, £22-£550 prpn, Grasmere
This small, quiet, deluxe hostel is superbly situated on a farm in the heart of the Lakes, adjacent to the Coast to Coast route. See the best of Lakeland from our doorstep
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