Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Grasmere

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

On the edge of Grasmere, this tiny, creeper-clad cottage (formerly a pub called the Dove & Olive Bough) was famously inhabited by William Wordsworth between 1799 and 1808. The cottage's cramped rooms are full of…
Top Choice Modern British in Grasmere

Jumble Room

Husband-and-wife team Andy and Crissy Hill have turned this village bistro into a much-loved dining landmark. It's a really fun and friendly place to eat. Spotty crockery, cow murals and primary colours set the boho…
Top Choice Food in Grasmere

Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Shop

In business since 1854, this famous sweet shop next to the village church makes Grasmere's essential souvenir: traditional gingerbread with a half-biscuity, half-cakey texture (six/12 pieces for £3.50/6.70), cooked …
Church in Grasmere

St Oswald's Church

Named after a Viking saint, Grasmere's medieval chapel is where Wordsworth and his family attended church service every Sunday for many years. It's also their final resting place – under the spreading bows of a grea…
Cafe in Grasmere

Baldry's Tea Room

As traditionally English as a Sunday roast, this old-school tearoom is the spot for a classic cream tea served in a bone-china pot and accompanied by buttery scones, flapjacks or a slice of Victoria sponge. There ar…
Lake in Grasmere

Grasmere Lake & Rydal Water

Quiet paths lead along the shores of Grasmere's twin-set lakes. Rowing boats can be hired at the northern end of Grasmere Lake from the Grasmere Tea Gardens, which is a five-minute walk from the village centre.
Cafe in Grasmere


This cheery village cafe is the place for a quick lunch of homemade soup and a thick-cut sandwich. The house-special flapjacks and savoury cheese smokeys are sinfully good.
Books in Grasmere

Sam Read Bookseller

A bookworm's delight, with a super selection of Lakeland-themed books, as well as scores of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Bistro in Grasmere


A reliable village bistro, Lewis's eponymous restaurant turns out hearty, classic British bistro dishes – steak, roast lamb, belly pork, sea bass and the like. It's solid rather than sensational, but a good bet for …
Cafe in Grasmere

Emma's Dell

Crepes, both savoury and sweet, are the mainstay at this cafe in the middle of Grasmere. Go classic with melted Nutella, or fill yourself up with cheese and ham.