Things to Do Near The Forest Side Allan Bank

For those who revel in the wonderful countryside around Grasmere and the surrounding Lakes, Allan Bank is a fantastic spot for families and friends to enjoy exploring, whatever the weather. Not only does it provide visitors with an excellent view over Grasmere, but it also provides poetry fans with yet another chance to trace the life and times of William Wordsworth…

Allan Bank is a magical Georgian mansion, and yet another location which inspired some of Wordsworth’s poetry. He lived in the house with his family between 1808 and 1810, and with two rather famous house guests, the poets Thomas de Quincy and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, adding a little something extra to this picturesque destination.

Allan Bank is a great spot for walking, with lots of woodland trails to explore. There’s even a walled garden to discover, and plenty of picnic spots for lunch. Enjoy tea and coffee available on donation, or drop by one of the many village cafés or shops in Grasmere for a bite to eat. As well as being dog-friendly (dogs must be kept on a lead though), Allan Bank is also home to a colony of native Red Squirrels, which if you are quiet can be seen scurrying about plundering feeding stations.

A Great Day Out about Grasmere

  • Lake District surroundings at Allan Bank in Grasmere
  • Painting at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Key Information

  • 6-minute drive or 18-minute walk from The Forest side
  • Great day out for families and friends
  • Area of outstanding natural beauty owned by the National Trust
  • Open all year round, normally from 10am-5pm
  • There is a gift shop on site, as well as the house which has frequent arts and crafts activities for children

Prices and Booking

Allan Bank


  • £6.10 for Adults
  • £3.05 for Children
  • £15.25 for a Family
  • Free for National Trust Members


Allan Bank,
LA22 9QB