The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Acorn Bank Gardens

When you visit us at Acorn Bank, you cannot miss our gardens. We have an incredible herb garden with over 250 varieties of herbs, plus hot beds, vegetable patches and wonderful traditional fruit orchards, all waiting to be explored.

A potted history
The 17th-century walls shelter the National Trust's largest collection of medicinal and culinary plants in our fascinating herb garden; the traditional orchards are carpeted with wildflowers and surrounded by herbaceous borders. Beyond the walls, the new orchard contains a growing collection of local apples.

A series of small linked gardens celebrates continuous development and adaption over at least 350 years. The first brick-lined walls date from around 1650, enclosing a productive vegetable garden with a smaller area for fruit growing protected by a wall heated with the flue gases from three fires.

By the 1830s the emphasis had moved towards ornamentation and fruit production with the now lost lower garden made on the banks of Crowdundle Beck for vegetables.

Fact File

Opening times: 13 March-29 October: 10.30am to 4.30pm (closed Tuesdays).
Admission rates: Please refer to website.
Group rate: Please refer to website.
Facilities: Shop, Café and disabled toilets
Disabled access: Please refer to website.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/coach parking: Yes
Guided tours: Please refer to website.
Special events: Please refer to website, various events throughout the year.
Length of visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact: Business Support, Acorn Bank, National Trust, Temple Sowerby, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1SP
Telephone: 017683 61893
Location: 1 mile from the A66.

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