Things to see & do
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The house may be closed, but there's plenty to enjoy outdoors in Grasmere on these crisp winter days. Head to our Explore Grasmere page for ideas.
- See if you can spot a red squirrel in our grounds
- Indulge in a slice of cake or sandwich in our café
- Float in a boat on Grasmere and then enjoy a picnic on Penny Rock beach
- Tell us what you think - scribble on the walls at Allan Bank
- Head to our shop in Grasmere to get the most out of your visit
- How many grebes, coots and swans can you spot around Rydal Water?
- Visit Townend, our traditional farmhouse in Troutbeck.
- Pop over the hill to Langdale for lunch at Sticklebarn, the only National Trust run pub.
- Take a ferry from Waterhead to check out the gothic Wray Castle.
- Take on the Champion Trees Trail at Skelghyll woods and discover the tallest tree in Cumbria.
Play a game
We have a whole selection of family board games to choose from.
Capture the views
Pick up a paint brush or pencil in our art room and create a lasting memory of this place.
Read a good book
You can bring your own or read one of ours, just find a comfy corner and settle in for a while.
Have a brew
Help yourself to a free tea or coffee, there's cake and sandwiches for sale too if you're feeling peckish.
Get some fresh air.
Head outdoors for a crisp winter walk in our woodland.
Have a picnic
You can bring your own or build one in our cafe. Enjoy it on the lawn in the sunshine, or even in the house if the weather has other ideas.
Admire the views
The views from Allan Bank are really very special, it's easy to lose an hour gazing at them.
What creatures can you find in our woodland? Look out for cheeky squirrels and birds.
Quite possibly the most relaxed NT property in the UK. Lots to do or just sit with tea in front of the view. Excellent.