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Things to do in Grasmere

From Dunmail Raise in the north, the vale of Grasmere, Lake District, opens up with the rugged peak of Helm Crag (known as ‘The Lion and the Lamb’) sheltering the town below. Together with neighbouring Rydal Water, Grasmere is the embodiment of romantic Lakeland.

The Lake District's Grasmere has provided inspiration for painters, poets, writers and craftsmen for centuries. The most famous was William Wordsworth who described it as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. He spent his most inspirational years at Dove Cottage, writing his most famous poetry there. In nearby Rydal is Rydal Mount, his last, What's On in Grasmere? - Explore South Lakelandmuch-loved house, which is still owned by his descendants. Both are now acclaimed visitor attractions. You can visit Wordsworth’s family grave at the 13th century St Oswald’s Church in the centre of Grasmere.

People flock here not only to visit the shops, walk round the lake and soak up the landscape, but also to taste the world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread.

The Lake Artists Exhibition is held in Grasmere from the end of July to the beginning of September each year and the oldest and most popular Lakeland sports event, Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show, takes place on the fourth Sunday in August.

Grasmere is also the home to one of the most celebrated of English artistic dynasties whose lives and work are celebrated at the village centre Heaton Cooper studio. Most famous are the landscape painters Alfred and William Heaton Cooper who have inspired so many visitors to the village.

Grasmere... Did you know?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott all stayed in Grasmere whilst the writer Thomas de Quincey moved into Dove Cottage on Wordsworth's departure.

The Peace Oak in Broadgate Meadow was planted by Canon Rawnsley (co-founder of the National Trust) on 19 July 1919 to mark a day of peace on the anniversary of the start of World War I.

Barney's Newsbox holds the largest stock of jigsaws in England - over 8000 jigsaws are stacked high in all parts of the shop.

Useful Links

Official Guide to Grasmere A Sense of Grasmere and Rydal
What's On in Grasmere?