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The loveliest spot that man hath ever found
Not our words but those of William Wordsworth - we are rather inclined to agree with him.
Opened to the public for the first time ever in March 2012, Allan Bank is a place to relax in front of a warm fire with a cup of tea while the children play. Once home to William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, Allan Bank was rescued from the ravages of fire in 2011. Now partially restored and undecorated, the house offers you the opportunity to see and touch the many layers of this home's fascinating history.
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.
The varied landscape is accommodating to outdoor enthusiasts and intrepid explorers of all levels, be it a relaxing stroll and a picnic around the shores of Grasmere or a hike to the summit of Helm Crag for a taste of the high mountains and fantastic views of the valley and lakes below.
If you've never been to Grasmere, finding your way to Allan Bank can be a little bit tricky.
We have disabled parking only onsite, so please park in the village and wander up the hill to join us.
Here's a map to help you along. You can download it or pop in to our shop in the village for one.
Discover Allan Bank
With its rich history, relaxed atmosphere, stunning views and fantastic woodland, Allan Bank makes for a great day out for the whole family, whatever the weather.
Find out about the fun you can have here.
There's nothing better to do when in Grasmere than to get outdoors and explore.
With fells, lakes, woodland and parks to on offer the options are limitless. All you need is a pair of boots and plenty of enthusiasm.
Some retail therapy?
As well as tons of great ideas for fun things to do around Grasmere and throughout the Lake District, at our shop in the village we also have a range of fantastic locally sourced gifts, books, maps and guides.
Drop in for a spot of shopping when you're in the village.
Don't take our word for it
Nothing beats a personal recommendation.
So don't just take our word for it, check out our new experiences page where you can see exactly what our visitors think of Allan Bank after having spent a day with us.