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From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

1. From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

Depart from Manchester in the morning and head straight for the lovely Lake District. Stop first at Bowness, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere. Take some free time to stroll along the lake, opt for a scenic cruise, or wander around the town and admire the sublime views.  Travel around the southern tip of Windermere toward Coniston Water. Take in views of this lake before arriving in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. This is where poet William Wordsworth attended grammar school.  After exploring the quaint village, take the narrow country roads north towards Grasmere, a place Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found." Enjoy spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as you continue on back roads to the southern shore, and then onwards out of the Lake District to Lancaster.  A contrast to the already-visited villages, this town boasts majestic medieval architecture and a spectacular castle that looms over the surrounding district. From Lancaster, head back toward Manchester, arriving in the early evening.

From Liverpool: Lake District Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

2. From Liverpool: Lake District Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

The tour departs from Liverpool and drives out of the city into the luscious surrounding countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient mythical energy flowing around you. Continue onto Grasmere Village, which boasts an array of beautiful 19th-century architecture, as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterwards, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats from the region. After you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as "Little Switzerland". As you wander around the park, marvel at breathtaking views over the landscape, consisting of some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK. Throughout the tour, enjoy plenty of stops both on and off the bus to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn and a stop at Ambleside, where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores.

From Manchester: Lake District Sightseeing Day Trip

3. From Manchester: Lake District Sightseeing Day Trip

The tour departs from Manchester and drives out of the city into the luscious surrounding countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient mythical energy flowing around you. Continue on to Grasmere Village, which boasts an array of beautiful 19th century architecture as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterwards, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats from the region. After you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as “Little Switzerland”. As you wander around the park, marvel at the breathtaking views that sprawl across the landscape, which offers some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK. Throughout the tour there’s plenty of stops both on and off the bus to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn before a stop at Ambleside where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores.

From Chester: Lake District Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

4. From Chester: Lake District Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

This full-day adventure departs from Chester and heads straight towards the luscious countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient, mythical energy flowing around you. Afterwards, continue onto Grasmere Village which boasts an array of beautiful 19th-century architecture, as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterwards, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats from the region. After you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as “Little Switzerland.” As you wander around the park, marvel at the breathtaking views that sprawl across the landscape, which offer some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK. Throughout the tour, there are plenty of stops to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn before a stop at Ambleside where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores.

William Wordsworth and Dove Cottage Half-Day Tour

5. William Wordsworth and Dove Cottage Half-Day Tour

Start your tour as you drive out of Ambleside to the pretty village of Grasmere. Discover the places the Wordsworths spent their daily lives and the village where they lived. See the Wordsworth family graves, one of the most visited places in the Lake District. Explore Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived with his sister, and the Wordsworth Museum. See where William wrote Ode: Intimations of Immortality, Ode to Duty, My Heart Leaps Up, and I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, together with parts of his autobiographical epic, The Prelude. Head to Rydal Mount, the second family home, and take the option to explore. Alternatively, visit the beautiful and tranquil Rydal Hall Gardens. See the sculpture path throughout the grounds, and hear the sound of rushing water running over a series of high waterfalls down a rocky ravine, through the rocky banks of a wooded garden. The oldest viewing house in the country, from 1669, is sited below the lower fall.

Wordsworth at Dove Cottage, Grasmere & Rydal Mount Tour

6. Wordsworth at Dove Cottage, Grasmere & Rydal Mount Tour

The day starts with a scenic drive to your first location, the medieval village of Hawkshead. The journey there takes you along narrow, winding woodland roads through undulating fields filled with Herdwick sheep and rocky outcrops. Relax and admire the picturesque farms, barns and houses made from local Lakeland slate and stone. Moving on through this sublime countryside, you arrive at the first stop of the day in Hawkshead, "the prettiest village in the Lake District". Your entrance to Hawkshead Grammar School is included in your tour. Here you will be able to see where Wordsworth was educated and the desk where he carved his signature as a boy. Your guide will also take you on a short guided walk around the village pointing out all of the places of interest and then you move on to the next stop at Grasmere. Here you will see the Rectory where he lived for two years but where two of his children died; the school where he and Dorothy taught and which is now where the famous Grasmere Gingerbread is made; the former inn where he and Coleridge first stayed during their walking tour of 1799; his home of Allan Bank perched high on the hill over the village and the church, cradled in its sublime Lakeland setting where he chose as his last resting place rather than Westminster Abbey, the natural landscape he so loved, enveloping him, body and soul, for all eternity in this beautiful corner of the world. Your guide will also take you on a short guided walk around the village pointing out all of the places of interest and then leave you to explore and enjoy the village in your own time. This is the designated lunch stop for today and there are plenty of good quality hotels and cafes as well as a whole array of gift shops to browse. After enjoying Grasmere Village, your tour now takes you to Dove Cottage, the home where Wordsworth with his sister Dorothy lived in from December 1799. Your entry in to Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum are included in your tour. Your guide will leave you to explore the Cottage, Garden and Museum at your leisure. Passing the glorious Grasmere and mirror-like Rydal Water, you take a short drive to Rydal Mount, your final destination. Your entrance to Rydal Mount & Garden are included in your tour. Wordsworth and his family lived here from May 1813. Sadly, it was at Rydal that his dearly loved daughter Dora died and where he drew his last breath on 23 April 1850 at the age of 82 after catching a chill while walking in nature. Your guide will also take you on a short walk to Rydal Church where the family worshipped and to Dora's Field, planted with hundreds of daffodils which he dedicated to Dora after her death.

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What people are saying about Dove Cottage

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 87 reviews

A great trip to a breathtaking landscape! We received very good snapshot impressions of the Lake District. Of course, one day is too short to experience very much. If I can I will definitely come back for a longer visit. Our guide Stuart was fantastic: very friendly and helpful, a fountain of knowledge about the region, its history, nature and literature, funny and entertaining. I can recommend the trip without any reservations.

This trip was great as expected! Our guide Stuart was very informed and really enjoyed the little snippets into the history of the Lake District. The views we saw reminded me of places other than the UK so I would highly recommend if you want to spend some time away from the city.

Amazing places! The driver-guide explain you everything during the trip and then you have your own time to spend as better as you think. You don’t have to stay with all the group. My guide, Darren, is amazing

Great trip and would highly recommend.Apart from trying to locate the pick up location, everything else was well organised. From the stops to information provided about the place. Multiple picture stops

This was my first trip with #getyourguide and it’s worth it. Experienced and well trained guide. Enjoyed a lot. Looking forward for upcoming trips