Allan Bank
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Make yourself at home at Allan Bank, where Grasmere’s valley unfolds from the picture windows and woodland grounds. Once home to National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley and only partially decorated, this isn’t a typical National Trust experience. Secret hideaways, such as the Victorian viewing tunnel, create an air of mystery. You could help yourself to a cup of tea, watch red squirrels as you read by the fire, or picnic on the lawn, paint or draw. William Wordsworth was inspired here -- and there’s even more to discover today. The welcoming village of Grasmere is nestled with its two picturesque lakes against a dramatic backdrop of Lake District fells. It's the perfect place to come explore, relax, reflect and be inspired.
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  • Blonde Scottish Piper
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to relax for all ages
    I attended Allen Bank with my elderly parents. There is parking available for Blue Badge holders. Staff were friendly and helpful. You can make yourself a hot coffee or tea or have squash for the price of a donation. My parents can no longer go for walks up the hills and mountains. They really miss the views. Getting them up to Allen Bank was a pleasant surprise, allowing them to sit in the gardens and look down to the lake and beyond. We were lucky to have a sunny day to sit outside. But, even in the rain, you can sit inside and relax and look at the views. Clean toilets are available Definately be going again!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 August 2023
  • plantsman_10
    Herefordshire, United Kingdom430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best welcome, but no squirrel!
    We visited on a very damp morning having walked up from the village. We received the nicest welcome yet at a NT property. The Lady was so friendly and showed us into the house where we could have helped ourselves to refreshment if we wanted. She explained how the house had been gutted by a fire but they are restoring it slowly to its former glory. The Bay windows are lovely to sit in and watch the red squirrels, unfortunately they did not appear on our visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Mountainlove24
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic visit to Allan Bank
    Absolutely fantastic place to visit with children. Our two completed the Easter Egg trail which they loved. The selection of garden games/ activities was brilliant - we got to plant a seed, make faces with natural materials, play sack races/croquet/ring toss etc etc. The house allows you to bring picnics in and they have help yourself drinks (for a donation). There are board games in the upstairs rooms and an art room downstairs which our children could have spent ages in! The views are incredible and the walk around the grounds is lovely. Would definitely recommend to families with children!!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2024
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Escape802074
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It was quite depressing returning to Allam Bank; previous visits had always been a real pleasure because of its uniqueness. It clearly had a history, part of which was the fire which had caused some damage, and the fact that there had been no attempt to rehab the building was what gave it its strange and welcoming ambience. I also seem to remember that there were many, many random books enticing you while away the day and a room with a whole library of books about climbing and mountaineering.

All the climbing books have disappeared, and there were very few other books remaining. There has been some redecoration, using shades of bland colour which are probably not appropriate to the original decoration, but worst of all was a monstrous garish mural defacing the otherwise impressive staircase. 0/10, National Trust
Written 16 May 2024
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Mountainlove24
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic place to visit with children. Our two completed the Easter Egg trail which they loved. The selection of garden games/ activities was brilliant - we got to plant a seed, make faces with natural materials, play sack races/croquet/ring toss etc etc.
The house allows you to bring picnics in and they have help yourself drinks (for a donation). There are board games in the upstairs rooms and an art room downstairs which our children could have spent ages in! The views are incredible and the walk around the grounds is lovely. Would definitely recommend to families with children!!
Written 4 April 2024
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Martin C
Crewe, UK101 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The building was apparently heavily damaged by fire in 2011. The National Trust claim to have "restored" it, but in fact have only resorted the structure, not the interiors. Bare floors, unfurnished, echoey, plus an awful mural on the otherwise impressive stairs.

The grounds are impressive but obviously not at their best in heavy drizzle in March.

No car park - except for blue badge holders (despite plenty of space for one). Visitors are advised to park in Grasmere (expensive).

As a National Trust member, one sometimes wonders what one's subscription is spent on. For those who are not members it's not worth the £7.50 admission fee.
Written 13 March 2024
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plantsman_10
Herefordshire, UK430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited on a very damp morning having walked up from the village. We received the nicest welcome yet at a NT property. The Lady was so friendly and showed us into the house where we could have helped ourselves to refreshment if we wanted. She explained how the house had been gutted by a fire but they are restoring it slowly to its former glory. The Bay windows are lovely to sit in and watch the red squirrels, unfortunately they did not appear on our visit.
Written 9 October 2023
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Blonde Scottish Piper
119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I attended Allen Bank with my elderly parents. There is parking available for Blue Badge holders.
Staff were friendly and helpful. You can make yourself a hot coffee or tea or have squash for the price of a donation.
My parents can no longer go for walks up the hills and mountains. They really miss the views. Getting them up to Allen Bank was a pleasant surprise, allowing them to sit in the gardens and look down to the lake and beyond.
We were lucky to have a sunny day to sit outside. But, even in the rain, you can sit inside and relax and look at the views.
Clean toilets are available
Definately be going again!!!
Written 26 August 2023
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Amanda2005book
Derby, UK404 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We are not members of national trust so have to pay entry price is £7 pp so can view house and have a free refreshment lovely gardens sadly no red squirrels we didn’t do all the walk in the garden as it gets very steep in places but has excellent views over Grasmere. House itself needs work doing to it whilst the artist inside was very good.
Written 9 June 2023
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morfias
Telford, UK102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Hard walk to the gates. Cannot park car in their carpark, only Blue Badge permit allowed.
Met at the gates to check National Trust membership or have to pay for entry.
At reception met by friendly staff, given guided map of site.
Rooms are a little bare but still still very interesting.
Lovely bay window with amazing views of countryside.
Written 7 May 2023
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davidsteeter
Trowbridge, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Wonderful volunteers so helpful and friendly. Nothing to much trouble. Games and book rooms. Not a Do Not Touch sign anywhere. It's the opposite it's a place to totally relax and enjoy. Such a special place.
Written 27 April 2023
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CustomerReview
England, UK122 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Nice location but is up a fairly steep hill snd the small woodland walk is steep. There’s not much there but we enjoyed our visit. It would benefit from offering more for visitors.
Written 12 April 2023
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Waddler
York, UK11,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We walked the 5 minutes up from Grasmere bus station not really knowing what to expect, but found a great Easter trail for kids where each station involved a game or hands on activity for kids, there was a easter parade and an easter egg at the end.

We had great weather admittedly, but its a lovely place to sit with views over the lake. You can borrow picnic blankets and make yourself a coffee/tea etc (donation appreciated), and eat your picnic.

Inside, the house is well set up for kids with most rooms having games or something hands on to get involved in. For those without kids I can see how it may not be what they are looking for.
Written 10 April 2023
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