Connected by the A591 northwards over Dunmail Raise to the vale of Keswick and southwards to Ambleside, was made popular by one of the Lake Poets William Wordsworth who lived here in Dove Cottage. To the south of the village is Grasmere Lake, around which there are some scenic gentle walks. However, because Grasmere is centrally located, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and the Langdale Pikes offer a greater challenge.
Grasmere is also home to Sarah Nelsons Gingerbread made here since 1854, a favourite purchase for the many tourists visiting the area.
Grasmere church, St Oswalds, which is dedicated to St Oswald and dates from the 13th century, holds an annual Rushbearing Ceremony which features a procession through the village, with bearings made from rushes and flowers. Included in this procession are six Maids of Honour, church choir, brass band and everybody is welcome to join in and carry their own decorated rushbearing.
Another popular traditional annual event is Grasmere Sports, this has been held every August since 1852. This includes Cumberland wrestling, fell running and hound trails.