The Church Stile shop in Grasmere

The front of the National Trust gift shop in Grasmere

Right in the heart of Grasmere Village, our charming and historic shop sells a wide range of locally produced gifts, books, food and calendars.

Church Stile is a Grade II listed building and one of the few 17th-century secular buildings still standing in Grasmere. During the 18th-Century it was an inn which occasionally housed William Wordsworth. Around 1840 it ceased to be an inn and subsequently became the home of Robert Hayes who had a market and nursery garden in the village – the humble beginnings of Hayes Garden Centre. We bought Church stile in 1968.


When it comes to getting outdoors and having fun, we really do know what we’re talking about. From the simple things like a quick check of the mountain weather forecast to local knowledge and leaflets, our welcoming staff are here to help you make the most of your time in Grasmere.

Tempting treats

We’ve got great locally sourced gifts; our range includes rugs and blankets, Hawkshead Relish and cute Herdwick 'Sheeps'.

Practical purchases

The walkers haven’t been forgotten either; we have a great selection of books, maps and guides to inspire and help you along your way. Our Rangers’ Guide to Grasmere features five classic walking routes on Lakes & Fells.

So if you’re looking for a beautiful gift or something to help you get the most out of your visit, pop in and see us, every penny you spend with us helps us to look after Allan Bank and the Lake District countryside.