Things to see & do

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Wild art Wednesdays

All the great artists take inspiration from nature © National Trust Christine Shaw

Every Wed in school hols, 11am-4pm

Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available.

Nature explorers

Explore the tunnels if you dare © Paul Harris

Every Thurs in school hols, 1.30-3.30pm

Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger.

Teddy bears' picnic

If you go down to the woods today... © National Trust

Create your own teddy bears' picnic to take out into the woods.

In our café you can fill a picnic basket with sandwiches, crisps, fruit, homemade biscuits & lemonade for the whole family then head out on an adventure with your Allan Bank teddy bears.

50 things

You can tick off loads of your 50 things here, and we're making it as easy as mud pie for you to do them.

Pick up a handout to help you along your way and be sure to take note of Ranger Dave’s tips.

Don't miss

  • 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?

Where next?

  • 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.

Come rain...

Play a game

Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits © Paul Harris

We have a whole selection of family board games to choose from.

Capture the views

There’s plenty to do indoors at Allan Bank on those drizzly days © National Trust

Pick up a paint brush or pencil in our art room and create a lasting memory of this place.

Read a good book

Wander up the hill to get away from the hustle and bustle of Grasmere © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

You can bring your own or read one of ours, just find a comfy corner and settle in for a while.

Have a brew

Treat yourself to a piece of cake with your tea © National Trust

Help yourself to a free tea or coffee, there's cake for sale too if you're feeling indulgent.

Or shine...

Woodland walk

Go wild in the woods © Paul Harris

Get some fresh air.

Head outdoors for a fresh spring walk in our woodland.

Bring a picnic

Why not bring a picnic along with you? You can eat it outdoors or in © Paul Harris

Enjoy it on the lawn in the sunshine, or even in the house if the weather has other ideas.

Admire the views

Amazing views stretch in all directions from Allan Bank, Grasmere © National Trust

The views from Allan Bank are really very special, it's easy to lose an hour gazing at them.

Wildlife watch

See what wildlife you can spot from our windows © Paul Harris

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.

Ian Everitt, Cambridgeshire