Things to see & do

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Little Monster Crafts

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

Sat 25 Oct – 2 Nov, Free
Get crafty in the run up to Halloween. Make yourself a witch’s hat, a horrifying Halloween mask or a basket for your trick or treat sweets.

Pumpkin Trail

The scary tunnel just got even scarier © John Malley

Sat 25 Oct – 2 Nov
Our woodland has been taken over by spooky pumpkins, venture into the woods and see how many you can find… don’t forget to check inside the spine-tingling tunnel. Draw the faces as you go and spot 6 or more to win a prize.

Stories of Allan Bank

Learn about the people of Allan Bank

Tues, Wed & Thurs in Sept, 11am

Spend an hour with us walking and talking about the people, history and wildlife of Allan Bank and Grasmere.

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