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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.

Discover Allan Bank

The billiards room at Allan Bank is in need of some serious tlc © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

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.

Explore Grasmere

The vale of Grasmere © National Trust

There's nothing better to do when in Grasmere than to get outdoors and explore.

With fells, lakes, woodland and parks on offer the options are limitless. All you need is a pair of boots and plenty of enthusiasm.

Some retail therapy?

Head to our shop in Grasmere for great gifts and information © National Trust Christine Shaw

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.

We're on the art trail

Allan bank is taking part in this year's C-trail!

Allan bank is taking part in this year's C-trail!

12 & 13 Sept, 18 - 20 Sept, 25 - 27 Sept, 10am to 5pm

During the Cumbria-wide art trail two local artists will set up mini studios at Allan Bank. You will have the chance to see and buy art, watch them work and have a go yourself.

Find us

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.

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