Make yourself at home
Allan Bank has always been a bustling family home.
It’s been used and appreciated to the full and we’ve got no intentions of changing that long tradition.
This is a place where you can feel at home, relax and play. It’s a home with a fascinating history but also a fun and inspiring future.
Help yourself to a cup of tea
We all love a nice cup of tea here, almost as much as Wordsworth who had Twinings imported to Allan Bank at a whopping cost of 45.10s (£1,545 in today’s money) between 1808 and 1810.
So when you arrive, head to the kitchen and make yourself a hot drink - for free.
There’s nothing better than a nice slice of cake to go with that cup of tea.
We have a range of cakes, sandwiches and soups available for you to buy should you be feeling a little peckish. You can enjoy them anywhere in the house or grounds.
Browse the papers
A lazy morning about the house is never complete without a leisurely browse of the papers.
Ours are delivered daily, you can pick one up from the room opposite the kitchen and then find a quiet corner to peruse at your leisure.
What do you think?
Allan Bank is still very much a work in progress but our vision is for it to become a unique and special place for all.
Tell us what inspires you and how you see it being brought back to life. Join the conversation on facebook and twitter, write your thoughts on our walls or simply have a chat with us when you’re here.
Our art room is a great place to paint and draw, we have all you need to have a go, just bring a little creativity with you.
This year we’ve been so impressed by our visitor’s artwork that we made a calendar of our favourites, you can buy one here or at our shop.
Relax in the library
Dating from the 18th century to present day, the Hopkinson and Chorley Mountaineering library was assembled by three generations of a prominent climbing and mountaineering family.
Come and take inspiration from a rich cultural legacy of exploits in the UK, Alps and the greater ranges by pioneering climbers and mountaineers.
In 1806, Allan Bank rose up on the Grasmere hillside amid a storm of controversy provoking William Wordsworth to refer to it as a 'temple of abomination'.
It’s been a hotbed of heated debate and creativity ever since.
Gillian Kelly moved to Allan Bank in 1977. Over her six years living there, many people spent periods of time with her living as part of a commune. Here’s one of her memories of her time at Allan Bank;
“Living at Allan Bank was like having our own nature reserve. Roe deer regularly came down from the woods into the garden: in the spring a doe would be cropping grass on the lawn when a tiny fawn, hidden under the rhododendrons would burst out and come running down to suckle. ”