Acorn Bank

Delightful garden renowned for its herbs and fruit orchards

Acorn Bank

Things to see and do

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.

Freya Pocklington painting

Freya Pocklington: Women's Work 2 September - 27 November

'Women's Work' is the outcome of Freya Pockington's three month Dorothy Una Radcliffe Fellowship residency at Acorn Bank, in Spring 2016. The 2016 Fellowship is part of the National Trust's programme of activities celebrating 150 years since Beatrix Potter's birth.

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

The forest school at Acorn Bank

Grab the kids and come and join us for a day out in the woods at Acorn Bank. Learn how to cook pancakes on the fire, use a knife to whittle wood, climb a tree and hunt for wildlife with your family. We meet every last Sunday of the month. £5pp email to book a place.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Wild Wednesdays 24 August 1.30-3.30

Wed 24 Aug 2016
Tick off some of your "50 things to do before you're 113/4" - plant it, grow it, and eat it - come and sow some seeds, that if looked after could provide you with a delicous meal!

Wild Wednesdays 31 August 1.30-3.30

Wed 31 Aug 2016
Tick off some of your "50 things to do before you're 113/4" - come and see if you can build a den strong enough to keep the bears out..

Freya Pocklington: "Womens Work- Women in the Rural Landscape"

Fri 02 Sep 2016
Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Fellowship exhibition, 2 September to 27 November 2016.

Heritage Open Day 10 Sept

Sat 10 Sep 2016
Free admission as part of Heritage Open Day

Orchard day 10 Sept

Sat 10 Sep 2016
Focussing on a different aspect each month, today - summer pruning, picking and juicing early varieties.

Apple Day

Sun 09 Oct 2016
Acorn Bank Autumn extravaganza. Lots of things to see and do for all the family. Charges apply, including NT Members. Assistance dogs only are welcome.
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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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Eating and shopping

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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.