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BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel

Red Lion Square, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SS

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotel inspected by AA but not currently a member.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (30 spaces)
  • Fishing
  • Pets Allowed
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Indoor Pool
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • Lift
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

Get in touch

08445 76 76 76
*local rate

near the BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel, Grasmere

Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum

Although Wordsworth ended his life at Rydal Mount just up the road, it was at Dove Cottage that he spent the early part of his creative life. Restored to how it was in the early-19th century, the house stands as a memorial to the great poet, while the nearby museum is dedicated to Wordsworth, the Romantics and the Lake District.

Available : Daily

Rydal Mount

William Wordsworth's family home from 1813 until his death in 1850, Rydal Mount stands amidst the spectacular Lake District landscape which inspired the great poet. The period building and its stunning landscaped gardens now serve as a museum of Wordsworth's life.

Available : Feb 2013; not Mon or Tue (various dates)

Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole, set in 30 acres of grounds on the shores of Lake Windermere, is the Visitor Centre for the Lake District National Park. Visitors can find out more about Lakeland at the centre and, if they're lucky, they may also spot the local curiosity - the Tizzie Wizzie - which is said to have the body of a hedgehog, the tail of a squirrel and wings of a bee.

Available : Daily


Ullswater is the second-largest expanse of water in the Lake District (only topped by Windermere). Poet William Wordsworth was inspired by the daffodils at Glencoyne Bay to write his most famous poem, I wandered lonely as a cloud, and the lake is still an inspiration to thousands of visitors every year, either sailing on the water or walking around it.

Available : Daily

Aira Force

The 70-foot Aira Force waterfall on the west side of Ullswater is part of an area planned and planted from the late 18th century onwards by local family, the Howards of Greystoke Castle. After 200 years of growth, it all looks perfectly natural and is one of the most popular walks in the Lakes. In addition to the spectacular cataract, there are 13,000 acres to explore, including High Force further up.

Available : Daily

Castlerigg Stone Circle

The most visited stone circle in Cumbria, Castlerigg is also one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. It stands in an extraordinary location above Keswick, with Helvellyn and High Seat forming a dramatic backdrop to the south and views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell to the north.

Available : Daily

Theatre by the Lake

On the site where Keswick's portable Century Theatre used to be located, the Theatre by the Lake now is home to Cumbria's largest professional theatre company. Producing a full summer season, with productions in rep in both the main 390-seat theatre and 80-seat studio theatre, there is also an annual Christmas show.

Available : Daily

Keswick Mining Museum

Discover the industrial history beneath the Lake District's scenic hills at Keswick Mining Museum (one time sited at Threlkeld Quarry and Mine).

Available : Daily

Keswick Beer Festival

Held annually since 1997, the Keswick Beer Festival has rapidly become the largest in the north of England. Housed in extensive marquees at the Rugby Club, it offers real ales alongside bottled continental beers, wines and ciders.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Brewery Arts Centre

The artistic hub of Kendal, the Brewery Arts Centre was fashioned out of the old Kendal Brewery, which can date its origins back to 1758. It includes a theatre, two cinemas, two gallery spaces, a bar and a restaurant.

Available : Daily

Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival

At the Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival, 100 floats and around 2000 people make their way through the pretty market town. They bear burning torches in a spectacle featuring classic cars, folk dancers, street entertainers, marching bands, carthorses and costumed participants.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Museum of Lakeland Life

Winner - back in 1973 - of the first ever Museum of the Year award, Kendal's Museum of Lakeland Life depicts how local people have lived over the last 300 years.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Lake District National Park

Founded in 1951, the Lake District National Park encompasses 866 square miles (2292 square km) of Cumbria, within which are 14 major lakes and England's highest peaks. From ten-and-a-half mile long Lake Windermere and Scafell Pike, the highest peak, to Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter-associated museums, the area is one of Britain's most popular national parks.

Available : Daily

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling returns to Lowther Deer Park, nestled in the Cumbrian Hills, for a weekend of festival fun. Stunning landscapes accompany great music and entertaining activities, including a Garden of Eden and the infectious Croissant Neuf.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)


Rheged Visitor Centre brings history to life in Europe's largest grass-covered building. Named after the ancient kingdom of Cumbria in the Dark Ages, it is designed in the shape of a Cumbrian fell in order to blend into the countryside, and is the largest visitor attraction in the county.

Available : Daily

Biggest Liar in the World Competition

It's not often that you're encouraged to lie through your teeth, but for the annual Biggest Liar in the World Competition, the more far-fetched your fibs are, the better. The event is held at the Bridge Inn in Holmrook.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Festival of Fools

To be branded the biggest fool is a highly-coveted accolade at Muncaster Castle. During the annual Festival of Fools, international jesters, comedians and walkabout artists perform around the grounds, vying for the Fool of Muncaster title.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Levens Hall

The eccentric Topiary Gardens at Levens Hall, Kendal, are world famous. Four gardeners spend five months a year snipping the topiary into columns, pyramids and all sorts of abstract shapes. Kids (and adults) love it.

Available : Apr - Oct 2013; not Fri or Sat (annual)

Wetheriggs Country Pottery

Founded in 1855 - with 2005 marking its 150th anniversary - Wetheriggs Country Pottery is the nation's only remaining steam-powered pottery, and has been, since 1973, scheduled as a National Industrial Monument. Originally it produced bricks, tiles and pipes for the burgeoning industrial revolution that affected even the furthest and most remote regions of the nation, but now provides facilities for more artistic endeavours with potters on hand to help you make your very own ceramic masterpiece!

Available : Daily

Ulverston Beer Festival

Ulverston, a small market town that formerly prospered under its cotton, iron ore and tanning industries, marks the annual Charter Week celebrations with the much-loved Ulverston Beer Festival at Coronation Hall. Around 70 brews from over 50 breweries are available.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Egremont Crab Fair

Since medieval times, Egremont has celebrated crab apple time with unique events. The Crab Fair features unlikely sports such as climbing up a greasy pole to try and get a leg of lamb, and the World Gurning Championships.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Long Meg & Her Daughters

In local mythology, this stone circle near Penrith is said to have come about when Scottish wizard Michael Scott came across a coven of witches during their sabbath. Casting a spell over the whole assembly, he turned them all into stone. Long Meg & Her Daughters were described by William Wordsworth as "next to Stonehenge, beyond dispute, the most notable relic that this or probably any other country contains."

Available : Daily

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BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel
Red Lion Square
LA22 9SS

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01539 435456

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