Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre

(See also Ambleside and Windermere)

Brockhole Lake District National Park Centre by Barbara BallardThe National Park Visitor Centre is located at Brockhole on Lake Windermere in 30 acres of landscaped grounds that include both garden and woodland. The five-acre formal gardens and the grounds were designed by well-known landscape designer, Thomas Mawson. He was hired by a Manchester silk merchant, Henry Gaddum, (a cousin of Beatrix Potter) who, in 1899, built the home on the grounds now used as the Centre's headquarters.

Brockhole Grounds by Barbara BallardWith its displays on the Lake District's geological, social, and industrial history, the Centre is a rich source of information. There's also details on the events and activities taking place in the Lake District. To complete the picture AV presentations and lectures take place daily.

A shop, café, tearoom, and picnic tables provide eating choices. For children an adventure playground and putting and croquet lawns promise amusement. During school holidays a number of different workshops are geared to the kids. Tours of Windermere Lake are provided from the boat jetty at the site.

Brockhole view from jetty by Barbara BallardLake District National Park Visitor Centre
Brockhole, halfway between Ambleside and Windermere on the A591
Tel: 0 1539 446 601
Admission: free
Parking fee
Open: Visitor Centre, cafe and shop, 10am-4.45pm in summer, until 4pm in winter; garden and playground, daily, 10am-dusk; closed 25 Dec Exhibitions on the park; AV show; café; shop; picnic area; landscaped grounds; adventure playground; parking––fee charged.

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos by Barbara Ballard

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