Acorn Bank

Delightful garden renowned for its herbs and fruit orchards

The stunning summer flowers at Acorn Bank gardens

Acorn Bank's glorious gardens 

Potter around gardens enclosed by 17th-century walls at Acorn Bank. We have the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs in any National Trust garden so come along and learn more about their properties. Don't forget to find our orchard too.

View of the Watermill by Crowdundle Beck

The working watermill at Acorn Bank 

After centuries of use the watermill at Acorn Bank fell into ruin. A dedicated group of volunteers have worked hard to restore the mill and it now produces our very own flour. Take a look at their remarkable achievement.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Orchard Workshop - Pruning

Sat 10 Feb 2018
10:30-15:30
Apple tree pruning workshop. Learn orchard pruning from the experts - a chance to gain hands on experience. The workshop includes tea/coffee and a light lunch.

Orchard Workshop - Grafting

Sat 10 Mar 2018
10:30-15:30
Spend the day learning orchard grafting from the experts. The workshop includes lunch, tuition and apple trees to take home.

Herbaceous Border Plant Sale

Fri 23 Mar 2018
10:00-16:00
After a busy winter dividing up the herbaceous border plants, our gardners will be selling off excess plants. Pick up a bargain for your own garden.

Spring Trail: The Creatures of Acorn Bank

Fri 23 Mar 2018
10:00-16:00
Which eggs belong to which creatures? Join us for a self-led Easter Trail around the Acorn Bank estate.

Newtopia: Newt Population Surveys

Fri 06 Apr 2018
07:00-09:00
Discover our newts and help the Rangers with their annual population survey. Hot drink and breakfast butty included. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Orchard Drop-in Session

Sat 14 Apr 2018
10:00-16:00
Learn everything you need to know about your orchard. Demonstrations and advice provided by our Lead Gardener and team of experts.
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History

View of Acorn Bank house.

From the Knights Templar to the National Trust 

Learn about the long, fascinating history of this special place, from the 13th century through to the present day.

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Our work

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Places to stay

Bank wood holiday cottage bedroom at Acorn Bank

Take a break in the beautiful Eden Valley 

Escape the hustle and bustle with a break in our holiday cottage, which is a perfect place to relax or to call 'home' when exploring Cumbria.

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An introduction to the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early July 2017. It is now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.