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Allan Bank


LA22 9QZ

Contact Details

Tel: 015394 35143
A unique National Trust house with a relaxed atmosphere, where views of Grasmere lake and fells are seen from bay windows and woodland grounds. Once home to National Trust co-founder Canon Rawnsley, it’s now only partially decorated and a great place to craft, draw and paint. Red squirrels play in the grounds, there are picnic spots indoors and out, space for the kids to run free, room to sit by the fire and read a book, and tea and coffee on donation. Lake-shore strolls and adventurous fell-top rambles can be accessed from Grasmere village. Note: limited blue badge parking only on site at Allan Bank. Follow directions on foot from the Inn at Grasmere in village.

Make the most of your day
Indoors: Allan Bank is stocked with pens, paper and paints in the art room; you can pick up a board game and spread out on the floor; in the study there are binoculars to watch the wildlife and red squirrels out of the large bay windows; a Mountain Heritage Library is stocked with Mountaineering books; or pick up a book to read by the open fire.
Outside: Deckchairs on the front lawn, placed so that you can enjoy the views; woodland trail with a wild play area; and walks around Grasmere.

Eating and shopping
Tea and coffee available on donation. There is no catering offer, but picnics are very welcome inside and out. The National Trust Church Stile shop is located opposite Grasmere Church and sells gifts for your home and garden, practical items for exploring the outdoors and local products in a Grade II listed 17th-century building.

Dogs on leads welcome inside and out. For further information visit:


Allan Bank is in the centre of Grasmere. Grasmere: 4 miles north of Ambleside. Foot: 437 yards from the Inn at Grasmere in centre of village (slight gradient before house). Bus services from Keswick and Windermere to Bowness. Road: A591 to Ambleside, continuing to Grasmere. Parking: three pay and display car parks in Grasmere village (not National Trust).

Pedestrian and limited disabled parking only onsite, please park in Grasmere village and walk to the house.

Prices and opening

Adult £7.90, Gift Aid £8.70
Child £3.95, Gift Aid £4.35
Family £19.75, Gift Aid £21.75
Entry into the house and grounds. Free admission for National Trust members

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOpening times for 2020
Saturday 15 February – Sunday 1 November, 10.30am – 5pm, Monday – Sunday
Friday 6 November – Sunday 20 December, 10.30am – 4pm, Friday – Sunday
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time