Planning your visit to Allan Bank

Allan Bank in Grasmere Lake District

Allan Bank is a relaxed National Trust home from home in Grasmere with traditional indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Set on a hill with views over Grasmere lake and fells, it’s a short 10minute walk from the centre of Grasmere village.

Opening times & prices

The house and grounds are open seven days a week, from 10.30am – 5pm, until Sunday 3 November when we swap to our winter opening times of Friday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm. We offer one ticket that gives you access to explore the house and grounds. Our standard prices are: Adult £7.50, child £4.25, and family £18.25. If you’d like to add Gift Aid to your ticket, this is 10% on top of the standard ticket price. 

How to get here and where to park

We have a very small car park at Allan Bank that we reserve for Blue Badge holders. There are three pay and display car parks in Grasmere village (not National Trust). Allan Bank is a short 10-minute walk up the hill from the Inn at Grasmere/ Emma’s Dell in the centre of the village. 

If you’re travelling by road to Grasmere, take J36 from the M6, then take the A591 to Grasmere. 


There are toilets on both floors. An accessible toilet can be found on the ground floor by the back door. 

Baby changing
Baby changing facilities can be found in the accessible toilet on the ground floor. 

Food and drink
Tea and coffee and biscuits are available on donation in the kitchen. If you’d like something more, please drop by one of the many cafés or shops in the village. You are welcome to bring a picnic into Allan Bank.

Dogs on leads welcome. 

What is there to do?

Allan Bank is a place for the whole family, with informal gardens and grounds and activities indoors. The lawn offers a place for kids to run and play whilst the woodland walk is a quiet trail with views out over the lake and countryside. Indoors, there are several rooms over two floors offering different activities: 

In here you’ll find a dressing up box for little ones, a dolls house and plenty of toys to keep the kids entertained. 

You can take a seat by the fire in here and read a book or watch for red squirrels running about on the lawn outside. Autumn is a great time to see the squirrels as they’re busy collecting feed for winter. 

Art room
Put pen to paper in the art room and feel inspired by the surroundings to draw something. This room is packed full of paints and pencils so that you have all you need. There’s a small table and chairs for little legs and a larger one for adults. 

Relax anywhere in the house with a book or a newspaper from the library. We’ve got a great selection of second-hand books too. 

Crafts room
Try your hand at some traditional crafts, such as knitting or embroidery, or spread out on the floor with a board game. 

We run events throughout the year which you can see on our What’s On page.