Explore the grounds

Two people sitting in deckchairs at Allan Bank

You'll find rugged woodland, a walled garden and more formal lawns in our grounds at Allan Bank, making it the perfect place for adventure or relaxation.

" In the summer it is a child's paradise, with the ample gardens for them to play… and the positioning, well, it’s an earthly paradise."
- Dorothy Wordsworth

NEW for 2017 - Billie Buzzard’s wild garden trail

Billie Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland garden. She sees all of the wild creatures who call Allan Bank home. Try our new garden trail and see if you can find all the creatures that Billie Buzzard can see.

Take a walk

Enjoy an easy stroll along our garden path and take in the stunning views of Grasmere. Along the way, stop off in the walled garden where George Fothergill once grew gooseberries.

If you have time, a full exploration of the woods is a must. This walk follows a rugged path and forms a circuit that takes about 45 minutes. Explore historic features as you go.

Rugs at the ready

We have so many peaceful spots for a nice picnic. Bring along a rug or borrow a deck chair and spread out on the lawn, or, for the more adventurous, head up to the viewing seat high in the woods. Wherever you end up, you’re guaranteed a lunch with a view.

Spot a red squirrel

Working in partnership with Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, we've created a safe haven for Red Squirrels at Allan Bank by introducing feeders. Keep your eyes peeled when you see a feeder, stay still and quiet and you might just spot one of our furry friends.

Paw friendly

Dogs are always welcome at Allan Bank, inside and out. Our distinct lack of carpets definitely has its advantages when it comes to our canine friends. All we ask is that you keep yours on a lead and under control while you're here.

Perfect for play

Hide and Seek Our woods are the best for hide and seek because there are so many nooks and crannies to hide in, we like to use the sundial on the front lawn as a base to start from.

Lawn games Anyone for a game of giant chequers or hoops? On dry days we have a great selection of traditional lawn games, so if the sun is shining, let the games begin

Natural playground Who needs a slide or climbing frame when you’ve got nature? Head to our natural play area to swing on a rope swing, balance on a fallen log or climb a tree and don’t forget to tick them off your list of 50 things.