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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What's on

Upcoming events

Orchard drop in days: Carrying out a blossom survey

Sat 11 May 2019
10:30-16:00
Pop in for a casual chat with one of our orchard experts as they record the stage of blossoming across each apple tree in the garden.

Plant dye tours

Sun 02 Jun 2019
13:00-14:00
Join us for a guided walk through the herb garden, and learn which plants can be transformed into colourful dyes.

Orchard drop in days: Thinning the crop

Sat 08 Jun 2019
10:30-16:00
Pop in for a chat with our orchard experts while they work away thinning the apple crop. A chance to gain insight and advice on how to care for your own apple trees.

Tours of the herb garden

Fri 21 Jun 2019
11:00-16:00
Join us for a chat and a wander around our herb garden. A chance to gain insight and advise on your own garden.

'The magic of plant dyes' workshop

Sat 29 Jun 2019
13:00-16:00
Learn about the magic of using natural plant dyes with this colourful workshop.

Orchard drop in days: Thinning the crop

Sat 13 Jul 2019
10:30-16:00
Pop in for a chat with our orchard experts while they work away thinning the apple crop. A chance to gain insight and advice on how to care for your own apple trees.
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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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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.