Allan Bank is a grade II listed two-storey villa standing on high ground slightly to the west of Grasmere village in the heart of the Lake District. It is best known for being from 1808 to 1811 the home of William Wordsworth, but it was also occupied at various times by Dorothy Wordsworth, Dora Wordsworth, Thomas De Quincey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Arnold, Matthew Arnold and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. It is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.For Allan Bank and beyond, use our Grasmere driving holiday planner to get the most from your Grasmere vacation.
Allan Bank reviews
Slightly disappointed with the house but loved the grounds. As this is the birthplace of the NT and in such a popular tourist area I would have thought they could make more of the house. They could... more »
We nearly skipped this house as the outside looks meager and plain, and the inside, distressed to say the least. But I'm so glad we took the time to walk up the drive to this Tardis-like gem. We... more »
Lovely house and unique where you can make you own hot drinks and purchase biscuits for a donation and walk round each room with your cup in hand. Views were lovely even on a wet day. Lots of things to do for younger children. However highlight was seeing 4 Red Squirrels running around the grounds.
So beautiful. Make yourself a cuppa and wander around the gorgeous rooms. Pick your cosy armchair and enjoy the views. Unique place. Great for kids as there are lots of craft and activity rooms.....and no one tells them off! Well worth a visit for families and older people......like me. I brought teenage granddaughters and they enjoyed it.
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