Acorn Bank

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.

The stunning summer flowers at Acorn Bank gardens

Explore a glorious garden 

Enclosed by 17th-century walls, our garden is home to the National Trust's largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs.

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Upcoming events

Garden Tours

Sun 26 Aug 2018
Join one of our volunteers who specializes in plant based dyes for a tour around the gardens of Acorn Bank.

Silent Space at Acorn Bank

Tue 04 Sep 2018
Acorn Bank is taking part in Silent Space, a project that promotes stopping, switching off phones, cameras and social media, and just enjoying an oasis of quiet away from our often hectic lives.

Orchard drop in days

Sat 08 Sep 2018
Explore Acorn Bank's orchard and take part in community juicing and learn about pruning for fruit production, how to identify apples, and much more.

Orchard Tours

Sun 09 Sep 2018
Join an Orchard tour to find out more about the work we do for conservation of heritage varieties of apple in our orchards at Acorn Bank.
Judith Kerr with 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' artwork

The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition at Acorn Bank  

Get up close to the beloved artwork from Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s classic picture book, 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea', at an exhibition touring various National Trust places from July 2018 until 2020.

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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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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.