Indoor activities at Allan Bank

The artroom at Allan Bank in Grasmere in the Lake District

With picture perfect windows overlooking Grasmere Lake and fells, and a relaxing take on indoor things to do, Allan Bank is a unique National Trust place. Step inside a bustling family home with something to do in every room. There’s a place to sit by the fire and read a book and watch the red squirrels; a room to play dress up with your little ones; somewhere to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush and take inspiration from our 360 countryside views; a space to sit and knit; or somewhere to tuck into a picnic with a hot drink.


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Crafts room

Last year we gave our crafts room a facelift and created the perfect space for adults and children alike to try something new. Taking inspiration from traditional handcrafting, we now have a weaving loom and knitting set with step-by-step instructions for complete novices. 

The study

Want to find out more about Allan Bank? Head to the study and pick up one of the books, journals or newspapers full of information on the former residents and their varied past. Find a comfy chair and peruse at your leisure. 

Help yourself to a nice cup of tea

… or coffee. Back when William Wordsworth lived here between 1808 and 1810, he imported Twinings tea at a whopping cost of £45.10s (£1,545 in today’s money). Luckily tea has got cheaper, but our love for a hot drink still remains and we want to share this with everyone. Anytime during your visit to us, you can pop into the kitchen and make yourself a hot drink – available on donation.

The art room

Thanks to generous donations from James Cropper PLC paper our arts room is stocked with card and paper so that you can let your creative side loose. With a view to be inspired by, a natural garden full of wildlife and all the pens, pencils, and paints you need, it's all waiting for you to come and have a go.

Browse the papers

A lazy morning about the house is never complete without a leisurely browse of the papers. You can pick one of ours up from the room opposite the kitchen, then find a quiet corner to peruse it at your leisure.

Share with us

Allan Bank is a place to relax, be inspired and get creative. It’s a unique National Trust property with a homely and rustic feel. We’d love to hear what’s inspired you and your thoughts on Allan Bank. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, or simply have a chat with us when you’re here.