©

Grasmere trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Cumbria  /  Lake District  /  Grasmere

Grasmere

4.5
World heritage site · Gift & Specialty Shops · Landmarks
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake, and has associations with the Lake Poets. The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for 14 years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found."Before 1974, Grasmere lay within the former county of Westmorland. Today it is part of the county of Cumbria.Etymology"'The lake flanked by grass'; 'gres', 'mere'. Early spellings in 'Grys-', 'Gris(s)-' might suggest ON 'griss' 'young pig' as 1st el., but the weight of the evidence points to OE/ON 'gres' 'grass', with the modern form influenced by Standard English....The medial '-s(s)e-' may, as suggested by Ekwall in DEPN, point to ON 'gres-saer' 'grass-lake' as the original name...". Plus the element "'mere' OE, ModE 'lake, 'pool'." (OE refers to Old English, ON to Old Norse.)GeographyThe village is on the river Rothay which flows into Grasmere (the water body), which lies about 0.5 km to the south. The village is overlooked from the north-west by the rocky hill of Helm Crag, popularly known as The Lion and the Lamb or the Old Lady at the Piano. These names are derived from the shape of rock formations on its summit, depending on which side you view it from.A number of popular walks begin in the village, including the ascent of Helm Crag, a longer route up to Fairfield and a moderate 200-metre ascent to Easedale Tarn. The village is also on the route of Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk.
Explore the family-friendly attractions of Grasmere and add them to your vacation plans using our United Kingdom trip planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Grasmere

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Grasmere

See all ›
©
Water Body
Easedale Tarn
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Landmark
Lake Grasmere
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
©
Geologic Formation
Helm Crag
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Grasmere

©
Water Body
Derwentwater Keswick
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
©
Hiking Trail
Catbells Lakeland Walk Keswick
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
©
Ruin
Castlerigg Stone Circle Keswick
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Distillery
The Lakes Distillery Bassenthwaite
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Grasmere

©
Mountain
Alcock Tarn
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Garden
Wordsworth Daffodil Garden
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Scenic Walking Area
Lancrigg - Wordsworths Woodland Walks
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Landmark
Stone Arthur
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Grasmere

©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Sam Read Bookseller
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Grasmere Chocolate Cottage
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Herdy
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Grasmere Garden Village
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Grasmere

Cemetery
St. Oswald's Church
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Grasmere

Waterfall
Sourmilk Ghyll
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Grasmere

London Trip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, Observation Deck, Nightlife Bath Trip planner BEST FOR: History Museum, Spa, Religious Site York Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, History Museum, Architectural Building Durham Trip planner BEST FOR: Church, Garden, Castle Glastonbury Trip planner BEST FOR: Geologic Formation, Ruin, Historic Site