The idyllic village home to famous bakery, stunning views and dog-friendly pub

The quaint village of Grasmere, nestled in the heart of the Lake District, is renowned for its famous bakery, breath-taking views and one of the UK's top pubs.

Poet William Wordsworth once called this place home, describing it as "the most loveliest spot that man hath found". Grasmere's beauty is undeniable, with stunning fells surrounding the village offering panoramic views.

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Dove Cottage, the 14-year residence of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. Another major attraction is The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, known worldwide for its delectable treats.


But there's more to Grasmere than just gingerbread and poetry. The Swan, a pub situated on the village outskirts, has recently been crowned a County Winner in the 2024 National Pub and Bar Awards.

These awards honour "pioneering hospitality operators who have demonstrated excellence across a number of elements that affect the customer journey, including design, service, style of offer, marketing and investment".

In total, 94 'County Winners' were selected from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, reports the M.E.N. A grand final for the awards will be held on June 26 this year where the Regional Winners will be announced, alongside other titles including the overall National Pub and Bar of the Year.

Grasmere's The Swan was named one of the North West winners, alongside Cheshire's Cholmondeley Arms and Manchesters' BOX. The pub, which dates back to the 1650s may have impressed the awards judges today, but it also caught the attention of Wordsworth himself.

He mentioned the pub in his poem, The Waggoners. He said: "Who does not know the famous Swan?" referring to the inn. Today the dog-friendly pub is the perfect place to stop off after a day spent hiking in the fells, serving up traditional and hearty pub meals. It has guest accommodation, too, ranging from cosy doubles to family rooms.

The Swan's garden provides the perfect spot to soak up the Lake District's beauty from, with incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Who knows, it may even inspire you to write poetry of your own.

As well as stopping by The Swan, fans of the poet can visit the Wordsworth museum, which includes Dove Cottage, where William and Dorothy lived. Inside the house are moments from Wordsworth's poems, journals and letters which have been recreated. Visitors can scroll through the charming Garden-Orchard which the siblings created, and the beautiful woodland by the cottage.

Before you leave Grasmere, be sure to head to Sarah Nelson's Grasmere gingerbread for a slice of the iconic treat. The biscuit-cake hybrid was created by Victorian cook Sarah Nelson in 1854 and is still baked fresh today at the site, run by third-generation owners Joanne and Andrew Hunter.

What you need to know

Grasmere is between a one and two hour drive, depending on where you live in Lancashire.. Parking is available for customers of The Swan, Keswick Road, Grasmere, LA22 9RF

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Museum, Garden-Orchard, Woodland and Shop is open Tuesday–Saturday 10am–4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.20pm and to the Museum is 3.30pm). Prices start from £15 for adults and £7.50 for children aged 6-16 (5s and under fives go free)

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, Church Cottage, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SW, is open daily from 9.15am to 5pm.