Allan Bank

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

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.

The historic villa combines a small, informal art gallery with a giant indoor mural space – a place for artists to explore nature, with plenty of space to sit and enjoy the views. A blank canvas of a house in which to play, 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.

Allan BankGrasmereLA22 9QB View map
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Pedestrian access and limited Blue Badge vehicle access only on site. House and grounds are not accessible by mobility scooter.

Children and Families

Ideal picnic locations

Services and Facilities

Tea room and toilet facilities

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Allan Bank

To The Lakes! at Wordsworth Grasmere
To The Lakes! at Wordsworth Grasmere

Find out how the first tourists to the Lake District (a time before mobile phones, specialist clothing and TripAdvisor reviews) experienced the area, in this fascinating new exhibition.

from £6.00
Onipa at Brewery Arts

The explosive Afro-futurist collective Onipa bring their high-octane live show to Brewery Arts in Kendal this December.

from £16.50
Light and Land
Light and Land at Cross Lane Projects

Light and Land explores the relationships between people and place in this beautiful exhibition, archiving the ever-changing social and environmental landscapes of Cumbria.

free entry

Where to go near Allan Bank

Sam Read Bookseller

Award-winning small bookshop in the Lake District. Est. by Sam Read in 1887. Run by Will Smith and Polly Atkin.

Forest Side Restaurant
Forest Side Restaurant

We love the fantastic Forest Side Restaurant. Attached to the historic Forest Side Hotel in Grasmere, this is one of the best places to eat in Cumbria.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, image courtesy of venue
Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage is where William Wordsworth lived and wrote, and where the Wordsworth Trust continues that work today with poets in residence and public programmes.

Wordsworth Grasmere

From book launches to writing groups to poetry nights, there’s always something going on at Wordsworth Grasmere.

The Wordsworth Museum

Next door to Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s first family home, is the Wordsworth Museum, which houses an unsurpassed collection of the Wordsworths’ letters, journals and poems.

The Merzbarn today, courtesy Littoral Arts Trust
Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn

Tucked away in a remote corner of the Lake District is Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbarn, an artistic epitaph to the avant garde ‘godfather of modern art’.

The Armitt Museum
The Armitt Museum

Full of interesting and unusual objects, The Armitt is a museum that shares the history and heritage of Ambleside and its people.

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