Opening times for 10 December 2023
Asset Opening time Garden Closed Car park Closed Parkland Closed Café Closed Watermill Closed
Acorn Bank is now closed until March. However, we will be open every weekend in February for Snowdrop Weekends.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Assistance dogs only
Assistance dogs only in the gardens. Dogs allowed in the courtyard and on the estate.
Second-hand book shop stocking a range of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Cafe in the courtyard. Open Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). 10:30-4pm, last orders for lunch time menu at 3pm.
Drop-off point at garden entrance. Separate mobility parking, 50 yards. Adapted toilet in garden courtyard. Tramper available to hire free of charge. Hearing loop available at welcome point. Some accessible paths in garden but mainly rough. Woodland pathways are uneven and undulating. Map of accessible route in grounds available below.
Place to change available in the courtyard.
Powered mobility vehicle available
One tramper available to hire free of charge.
1 mile from A66. Take J40 on M6 towards Brough, then follow brown signs.
Parking: Free for National Trust members. Follow signs to main car park, gates locked at 5pm.
public footpath from Temple Sowerby
Langwathby 5 miles; Penrith 6 miles
The Penrith to Appleby bus service, number 563, stops at Temple Sowerby. Take public footpath from Temple Sowerby to Acorn Bank, about 1 mile. No service Saturdays or Sundays.
NCN7, 6 miles
Walled gardens shelter a medicinal herb garden, herbaceous borders, lily pond and traditional orchards.
Woodland walks reveal a hidden gypsum mine, working watermill and wildlife, including red squirrels, otters and rare birds.
House and second-hand bookshop
The house is partially closed, but the grand Entrance Hall and second-hand bookshop are open on the ground floor.
Wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, open for live demonstrations by volunteers every weekend.
Local providers, Lakeland Coffee, run a cafe in the courtyard selling hot drinks, light bites and freshly baked cakes. Last orders for the cafe's lunch time menu are at 3pm, and drinks and cakes are served until 4pm. The cafe is open Thursday - Monday - tea and coffee is also available in the watermill on Tuesdays, 11am-3pm.
Acorn Bank is closed over the winter, but in February there's a chance to see a secret spectacle in the woodland.
Potter around the fascinating garden at Acorn Bank. The garden boasts over 275 varieties of herbs as well as hot beds, vegetable patches and traditional fruit orchards.
Explore the 180 acres of woodland and parkland at Acorn Bank to visit the historic watermill, get closer to nature, or go on a geocaching adventure.
Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Acorn Bank in Cumbria, from geocaching around the parkland to newt spotting in the Sunken Garden. Try the new self-guided nature trail and use the rubbing plaques to discover the flora and fauna of Acorn Bank's walled garden and woodland.
Local mobile coffee business, Lakeland Coffee, are serving hot and cold drinks, light bites, paninis, snacks and freshly baked cakes in the courtyard, Thursday to Monday, 10.30am-4pm. Tea and coffee is also available in the watermill on Tuesdays, 11am-3pm.
Browse the second-hand bookshop at Acorn Bank, and discover exciting reads, DVDs, CDs and videogames to take home with you after your visit.
An impressive 18th-century carding mill, now a large six-bedroom escape perfect for family get-togethers.
A rustic bothy for those who want to spend more time exploring the fells, tarns and peaks of the Lake District.
Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past. Today the walled gardens shelter a medicinal herb garden, herbaceous borders, lily-filled pond and traditional orchards carpeted with Edwardian daffodils in spring.
Wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, enjoying wildlife in the woods on the way, and discover more about the history of gypsum mining on the estate. Enjoy the views across the Eden Valley to the Lake District from the magnificent backdrop of the sandstone house.