Rydal Mount & Gardens

Rydal Mount & Gardens

Rydal Mount and Gardens located midway between Ambleside and Grasmere was the historic home of William Wordsworth and his family from 1813 until Wordsworth's death in 1850. This later period of Wordsworth's life spent here was one of relative economic prosperity when Wordsworth was at the height of his fame and a Poet Laureate for a period by special request of Queen Victoria.

Despite the death of two of his children, Catherine and Thomas, in 1812 the move to Rydal the following year was to prove the happy family home the Wordsworths had been searching for and a tour of the house and gardens offers a fascinating insight into the family's life. The extensive landscape gardens were designed by Wordsworth himself and remain much as he left them. Rydal has spectacular views across to Rydal Water and Lake Windermere. In his remaining years William Wordsworth perfected much of his earlier poetry here including one of his most famous poems, 'Daffodils'.

A tearoom and souvenir shop are both on-site and visitors can take a walk around the adjacent Dora's Field which the poet named after his daughter and famously planted with daffodils. Delightful walks also feature around Rydal Hall just across the lane. The popular Old School Room Tea Shop is here and you can gain access to pretty Rydal Falls through Rydal Hall's wooded garden.

Tours

Wordsworth rented Rydal Mount from Lady Diana Le Fleming of nearby Rydal Hall and at the time of his move here in 1813 he was at the height of his fame, albeit with his best work behind him written mostly at nearby Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Guided tours of Rydal Mount House are by timed ticket, taking you around each of the Wordsworth family rooms which feature original flagged floors and oak beams. The attic study was Wordsworth's during his time as Poet Laureate by special request of Queen Victoria and glass cases around the property display many of the Wordsworth family's personal possessions including Wordsworth's pen. Family portraits and original furniture feature around the house. The surrounding gardens designed by Wordsworth cover four acres.

Accommodation near Ambleside

  • Millans Park   (0.0 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Sleeps 2
    Prices from
    £220
    per week (seasonal)
     
    Comfortable self-contained studio apartment in Ambleside offering self catering accommodation for 2 people. Dogs welcome by arrangement, non smoking, parking.
     
    Call
  • Ambleside   (1.8 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Sleeps 8
    Prices from
    £350
    Per week (seasonal) sleep 4 to 8
     
    A superb choice of luxury holiday cottages set in 51 acres of private grounds & woodland at Lake Windermere. Pets welcome in certain properties. Sleeps 4-8
     
    star
    star
    star
    star
    star
    Self Catering
  • Ambleside   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Prices from
    £30
    Per Person, per night (seasonal)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 203 reviews
    Rating from 203 reviews
    Ambleside B&B with beautifully appointed rooms and mouthwatering breakfasts. Highchairs and cots are available, as well as free WiFi. Winners of the Rose Award for service
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 203 reviews
    Rating from 203 reviews
    star
    star
    star
    star
    no star
    Guest House
    Call
  • Windermere   (2.6 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Prices from
    £350
    Per week (seasonal) Sleep up to 6
     
    Special Offer
    Returning guests discount!
    Dog friendly 2 & 3 bed holiday lodges and log cabins at Limefitt Park & White Cross Bay in the Windermere area. Onsite dog field and a choice of walks from your door. Sleep up to 6
     
    Call

Accommodation in Grasmere

  • Church Bridge   (0.2 miles from the centre of Grasmere)
    Prices from
    £40
    Per person B&B
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 192 reviews
    Rating from 192 reviews
    Family-run hotel in the Lake District. 18 en-suite rooms, many with stunning views. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Families, couples and walkers welcome. Breakfast and dinner served.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 192 reviews
    Rating from 192 reviews
    Call
  • Grasmere   (0.7 miles from the centre of Grasmere)
    Prices from
    £60
    Per double room per night (2 sharing)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 418 reviews
    Rating from 418 reviews
    16th century coaching inn with rooms on the outskirts of Grasmere with inglenook fireplaces, roaring fires and exposed oak beams. Award-winning locally sourced food and ales.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 418 reviews
    Rating from 418 reviews
    Call
  • Grasmere   (0.7 miles from the centre of Grasmere)
    Prices from
    £41
    Per Person, Per Night (B&B)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 57 reviews
    Rating from 57 reviews
    Quaker centre and B&B in Grasmere. Accommodation for all, including those in need of a restful Lake District break due to age, disability, illness or financial hardship.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 57 reviews
    Rating from 57 reviews
    Call
  • Grasmere   (0.3 miles from the centre of Grasmere)
    Prices from
    £114
    per night B&B (2 sharing)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 370 reviews
    Rating from 370 reviews
    Luxury Grasmere guest house with romantic guest rooms including one with hot tub and special breaks available. Eco friendly policy, great walks nearby. Dog friendly rooms available
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 370 reviews
    Rating from 370 reviews
    star
    star
    star
    star
    star
    Guest Accommodation