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“Allan Bank overlooking Grasmere village”
Review of Allan Bank

Allan Bank
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Loughrigg
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Mellor, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Allan Bank overlooking Grasmere village”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

As other reviewers have stated this is not the normal National Trust property. It is largely undecorated and unfurnished in the National Trust sense and yet it is one of the most interesting and welcoming NT properties that I have visited. It is full of calm and very serene. Each room has been given over to different activities in which visitors - adults and children - can partake. It is a recent addition to the NT family in that it has only been open to the general public since March 2012 and so it is a work in progress. If you are near Grasmere village, do go and visit. I'm sure you'll stay the whole day quite happily...we did

Visited July 2013
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A great NT addition”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This large house has recently been opened to visitors by the National Trust after having been tenanted for many years. Past tenants include Wordsworth and Canon Rawnsley (joint founder of the NT). It has not yet been restored after a fire and there is no original or notable furniture or possessions inside. And yet it is absolutely fascinating to sit around in the comfortable armchairs reading the many books and newspapers, drinking your free tea and coffee, or chatting to the friendly guides. There is a limited range of refreshments available for sale in the kitchen but I would recommend eating in nearby Grasmere or taking a picnic. The walk up from Grasmere is steep and the grounds are also very hilly and steep. Red squirrels can be seen through binoculars at a feeding station not far from the house. And if you are fit enough, walk up to the unique Victorian "viewing tunnel" high above the house. Allow 2 to 3 hours for an enjoyable visit. Only disabled parking on site so you need to park in the village which can get very crowded in season. Free to NT members.

Visited April 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled on this by chance and what a discovery. Like no other NT property. Incredible views, relaxed atmosphere and lots to discover whilst enjoying your free coffee!

Visited June 2013
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
278 reviews
103 attraction reviews
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“A Unique N.T Property”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Our second vist to this property. Lots to see and plenty of activities for children. As you walk from room to room you can try to visualise what it must have looked like years ago. Tea & coffee are on offer, you just help yourself. The views are stunning you can just sit and take in the wonderful vistas all around. The woodland walk is great but quite hilly in places but well worth the effort. The weather was perfect for our visit which added to our enjoyment. One of Grasmere's must see attractions.

Visited June 2013
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Bebington, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

A really lovely NT property which has a great atmosphere. Fantastic views across Grasmere, having something for everyone. You can sit in the lounge with spectacular views, read newspapers and books, even complete a jigsaw while you are there. Plenty for the children to do as well. Lovely gardens too. The woodland walk, although steep in places, is well worth doing also. Would definitely recommend everyone who goes to Grasmere to find time to visit Allan Bank.

Visited May 2013
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