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Shop - Local Produce, free entry

Grasmere Gingerbread

Grasmere Gingerbread


This fascinating little shop was built in 1630 as the village school, and is where Wordsworth occasionally taught. In 1854 it became the home of Sarah Nelson's world famous original celebrated Grasmere Gingerbread ®. This unique and delicious gingerbread is freshly baked everyday to the secret recipe and is only obtainable from this shop or through the international mail order service.

Speciality: Gingerbread, Rum Butter, Local Produce & Ginger themed products.

Opening details

The Grasmere Gingerbread ® Shop opens at 9:15am and closes dependent on the season, shorter Winter closing times. Closed 4 days of the year: Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Coach parties and tour groups can be booked in at other times.


Free entry


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Group visits are available which include a talk lasting 20-30 mins on the history of Cumbrian food and how Grasmere Gingerbread evolved through the Victorian tourist trail. Fresh Gingerbread is served with tea or coffee and an oatcake with Cumberland Rum Butter. Cost £3.50 for adults and £2.50 per child, coach driver and teachers/guide free. School and Educational groups are also taken, contact the shop directly for prices and further information. Must be pre-booked.


Church Cottage,
LA22 9SW


Plan route to Grasmere Gingerbread® using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 337074  Lat: 54.45764 Long: -3.02418

From M6 jct 36 follow A591 to Ambleside then Grasmere. Next to the Wordsworth Hotel.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Windermere station

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