Grasmere Parish Church

Directions and Parking

From the South - leave the M6 at Junction 36 and take the A591 north west, skirting Kendal and continuing through Windermere, Ambleside and Rydal, towards Keswick. Turn left at the small roundabout after Dove Cottage into the centre of the village. The church is  on the right hand side, opposite Grasmere Garden Centre.

From the North - leave the M6 at Junction 40 and take the A66 west until it meets the A591, Turn left here signposted for Windermere, and follow this road past Thirlmere and over Dunmail Raise, turning right in to Grasmere village opposite the Swan Hotel. The church will be found on the left opposite Grasmere Garden Centre.

The nearest Pay and Display Car Park will be found at the rear of Grasmere Garden Centre.


The original Church in Grasmere was built in 642AD by the then King of Northumbria Oswald. Oswald's Church was built either on the present site or nearby the well which bears his name on Red Bank Road. The present Church is visited by between 120,000 to 140,000 people each year and is at the heart of a lively worshipping community.

The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. It is notable for its associations with the poet, William Wordsworth (who is buried in the churchyard) and his family, and for its annual ceremony of rushbearing.

Access guide

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Mobility Impaired Access
  • Hearing System
  • WC Adapted
  • Parking for Blue Badge Holders


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