What's Up: Grasmere

Home of William Wordsworth, the chocolate box village of Grasmere is still hugely popular with tourists today, and it's easy to see why. It's quaint, picturesque, and has a host of local hotspots to explore and enjoy. I've listed my top five, but the village also has independent art and craft shops, a bookshop, and tonnes of tearooms and eateries to enjoy.

Whether you make a dedicated trip, or visit on your way to Keswick or Ambleside, Grasmere truly is a gem of the English Lakes that mustn't be missed.

Allan Bank
One of my absolute favourite National Trust places, Allan Bank is the best place to make the most of the beautiful views. On a sunny day there's nothing better than enjoying tea and biscuits in the garden, but whatever the weather you are invited to curl up with a book, get creative in their dedicated craft room, or join in scheduled art activities.

The Storyteller's Garden
Taffy Thomas MBE may just have the best job in the world. From the garden across the road from Sarah Nelson's, he tells tales to any children lucky enough to listen. The garden is closed in January, February, and March, but from Easter onwards you can find seasonal family events being held.

Completely different to the Christmas treat, Sarah started cooking up this spicy treat way back in 1854 and the tiny cottage-turned-shop still has plenty of people queuing up to enjoy their rum butter, mint cake, and classic gingerbread. A chewy base with a crumbly top, it's definitely a local delicacy you have to try for yourself.

Wordsworth's Daffodil Garden
You can find the Wordsworth family graves in a plot in the graveyard, but personally I find the Daffodil Garden a much cheerier way to celebrate the poet and, in early Spring, see the flowers he loved so much while reading lines of his work that are carved into the paving of the garden. It's a really beautiful, peaceful little place.

Take a trip back in time as you visit Wordsworth's own cottage, and see the rooms where he wrote his famous poetry and his sister Dorothy penned her Grasmere journal.



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