Once home to William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, Allan Bank isn’t a typical National Trust experience. The historic grounds and the landscape are the focus here.
Allan Bank is a historic villa that combines a small, informal art gallery with a giant indoor mural space - a place for artists to explore nature. Surrounded by Romantic 19th century wooded pleasure grounds with stunning views over Grasmere, Allan Bank offers a rare chance to encounter red squirrels, have a picnic or relax by the fire. 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 by the views, just like William Wordsworth was.
This year visitors can see the giant murals by Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue. Painted on the formerly fire damaged walls of the entrance hall, the murals celebrate Beatrix Potter’s complex relationship with the Lake District, and her legacy in the wider conservation movement.
Self serve tea and coffee are available for a small donation. If you'd like a bite to eat, please drop by one of the many village cafés or shops in Grasmere. You are welcome to bring a picnic to Allan Bank to enjoy indoors or out.
Note: limited blue badge parking only on site at Allan Bank. Follow directions on foot from Grasmere village.
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* Please see the National Trust website for the most recent up to date opening times as they are subject to change.
Free admission for National Trust members.
1 adult, 2 children £10.50
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
Allan Bank is in the centre of Grasmere. Grasmere: 4 miles north of Ambleside. Foot: 437 yards from the Inn at Grasmere in centre of village (slight gradient before house). Bus services from Keswick and Windermere to Bowness. Road: A591 to Ambleside, continuing to Grasmere. Parking: three pay and display car parks in Grasmere village (not National Trust). Limited disabled parking only onsite, please park in Grasmere village and walk to the house or use public transport.
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