With such an irresistible blend of natural beauty and English heritage, the Lake District is a truly captivating corner of Britain. Indeed, while other areas change rapidly, the epic scenery that stirred the likes of William Wordsworth often remain wild and unchanged.
Our idyllic hotel in the village ofGrasmere is ideally positioned to explore this stunning region of lakes, mountains and British heritage. You will find several excellent local walks, speciality shops and attractions right on our doorstep, while many others are within an easy drive. Here are some of our favourite locations for great days out in the Lake District:
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (LA22 9SH): An unmissable Lake District attraction for any lover of English Literature, Dove Cottage provides a hauntingly intimate glimpse into the life of William Wordsworth. See the great Romantic poet’s personal possessions and retrace his very steps, from family lodgings to the serenity of the gardens. Faithfully maintained and full of revealing insight, this is about as close as you can get to Wordsworth without the aid of a time machine.
For full details: wordsworth.org.uk
Blackwell Art and Crafts House (LA23 3JT)
Hailed as a “masterpiece” of the Arts and Crafts movement, Blackwell House is a treasure in more than one sense of the word. Both as a piece of period architecture and as a collection of rare and fascinating artefacts, it is endlessly fascinating and well worth a visit. Not that this is a rarefied exhibit; guests are encouraged not just to look, but to explore, relax and enjoy the fantastic views. www.blackwell.org.uk
Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (LA23 3JT): Presenting a vivid portrait of the Lake District and its people, this award-winning collection is a real feast of English heritage. From thousands of authentic pictures, to literary treasures and local crafts, this attraction is sure to pique the interest of any history enthusiast. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk
Mirehouse and Gardens (CA12 4QE): As far as grand properties in the Lake District go, they don’t come much more beautiful, or accessible, than this grand site. With stunning views and walks beside Bassenthwaite Lake, plus poetry trails and pretty gardens this is a fine summer day out for young and old visitors alike. Assorted treasures include works by Francis Bacon and literary manuscripts, including those of Tennyson, Wordsworth and Constable. Open from April to the end of October, with full details here: mirehouse.com
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (CA18 1SW): For any Railway enthusiast, a steam locomotive must be the ultimate way to admire fine views of the Lake District. With unique old steam engines, knowledgeable staff and a wonderful route looking across craggy slopes and ancient woods, this is an experience to be savoured by all ages. One of the most popular family days out in the Lake District. For departure times and full details, see: ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Idyllic Lake District Accommodation
With stylish, comfortable rooms and stunning views, Rothay Garden Hotel represents the ideal place to stay in the heart of the Lake District. Keep an eye on our special offers and blog sections for more great ideas, places to visit and things to do in the Lake District.