Acorn Bank is a scenic garden with vast herb collections and fruit orchards. First established by Knights Templar in the 13th century, Acorn Bank has had a variety of owners and was most notably a gypsum mine in the late 19th century. The house is open for visitors to enjoy its second-hand bookshop, tearoom and explore lower floors. There are also holiday apartments open for rent. Casual visitors can explore elegant walled gardens full of thriving borders and medicinal flora. There is a lily-pond and traditional orchards that are bathed in Edwardian daffodils during springtime. Take a walk along the Crowdundle Beck to the restored watermill and look out for a range of local wildlife.

Things to see and do:

  • Walk through the beautiful orchards and herb garden.
  • Explore the surrounding grounds and see the watermill.
  • Have a break in the tearoom and take a look in the second-hand bookshop!


There is an accessible toilet and changing places available on the estate.

Designated disabled parking and drop-off points.

There is a map of accessible path available. Please be aware some of the terrain is rough. A Tramper is available free of charge.

Induction loop available upon request.

Only assistance dogs are welcome in the garden. Pet dogs are only allowed in the courtyard and on the estate.

For more information on accessibility, tickets, and opening times, click here.

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