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Allan Bank, Grasmere

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Allan Bank sits proudly above the head of Grasmere with luscious grounds and a breathtaking outlook.

With a rich history of notable tenants including William and Dorothy Wordsworth, as well as Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley one of the founders of the National Trust, Allan Bank has in the past been a hub of creativity and environmental reform. It has always been a residential property, but now plans are being made to open it to the public for the first time in its 206-year history.

Recent years have not been so kind to Allan Bank and so, in need of more than a little tlc to return it to it’s former glory, Allan Bank is to be the subject of an exciting and unique National Trust project that will invite you to be a part of shaping the future of this once great early 19th century building.
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  • Being National Trust members Allan Bank was on our list of things to do whilst holidaying in the Lake District. We were not disappointed. The grounds and trail for the children were excellent. Plenty ...  more »
  • Wonderful place and a must see. Short walk from the centre of Grasmere and well worth it. The views are fantastic, the inside of the house has some wonderful rooms and the art room for the children (a...  more »
  • Allan Bank is a family favourite of ours and we usually save it for a rainy day out when we're on our annual holiday in the Lake District. As the house is a National Trust property, it can be quite ex...  more »
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  • A very different National Trust experience. At Allan Bank you just relax. There are no collections to views, no valuable works of art to admire. You just chill out. Grab a free coffee (donations welcome ) and take it with you as you wander around the home of one of the NT founders and a place that you can see inspired Wordsworth when he lived there. You can sit at one of the wonderful wins and watch the birds and red squirrels or pick up a brush and paint a picture of the lake or just sit and read books by Wordsworth and others. There are grounds to walk around and nooks and crannies to explore. Dogs are also welcome in the house and grounds. Come along and chill out. You'll be glad you did.
  • Excepting having to park at the far end of the village (£2 for 3 hours) and a steep walk up a drive it is a good location for photographing Grasmere lake. Plus there is a pleasant circular walk, (if you have the puff some parts are very steep). Great views. The internals of the house are nothing to write home about, BUT for poets and writers it's a great place to sit in and create masterpieces,. (And lesser works too)
  • The best national trust property! No fancy bits or frills so if that's what's your after then maybe this isn't for you but perfect if you want to chill in front of the fire, play chess whilst looking at the views and the red squirrels or just slump in a comfy armchair and read the paper with a cup of tea then a visit is a must!
  • Unique place, the ex-home of the founder of the National Trust. It was fire damaged in 2011 and opened to the public in 2012 as a 'work in progress' project. Set in lovely surroundings its a no-frills country house that the very friendly staff invite you to explore at leisure then enjoy a cuppa at the cafe. Very child friendly.
  • Still undergoing lots of work to the footpaths. Has stunning veiws of grasmere. The house has been left as it once was but the volunteers make it come to life with stories from the past. You are also able to make your own beverages

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