Allan Bank

Alex Saint
Allan Bank, Grasmere, image courtesy of Visit Cumbria
Image courtesy of Allan Bank

Allan Bank, Allan Bank, Grasmere, LA22 9QB – Visit Now

Allan Bank is a curious property. It was built in the very early 1800s to the initial infuriation of William Wordsworth who, from across the vale in Dove Cottage, watched it rise like a blot on the landscape. But the position of the house and its uninterrupted view across Grasmere proved beguiling and, once it was built, he and his young family promptly moved in, declaring it ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. We are inclined to agree with him, as did his contemporaries who frequently came to stay and party with the Wordsworths  – and more recently Canon Rawnsley, founder of the National Trust who bequeathed it to the Trust.

Today it is entering a new chapter. A devastating fire in 2011 presented the Trust with an opportunity to open it to the public as restoration work in progress, with a more informal approach that visitors have really responded to. This  blank canvas of a house has become place to play, to create, paint and write (on the walls if you like) – or to simply sit by the fire and chat with friends. It really does feel like a living home and we love it.

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Services and Facilities

Tea room and toilet facilities


Pedestrian access and limited Blue Badge vehicle access only on site. House and grounds are not accessible by mobility scooter.