Brockhole- The Lake District National Park Visitor Centre
Brockhole, situated between Ambleside and Windermere, is the National Park Visitor Centre. It is set in 30 acres of magnificent terraced gardens stretching down to the shore of Windermere, with splendid views of the surrounding countryside.
In 2012 Brockhole opened a new attraction known as The Treetop Trek which is an adrenaline packed adventure suitable for 5 years and over.
There are plenty of places to picnic and relax and enjoy the view. You can enjoy the beautiful shores of Windermere against the backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery by taking a lake cruise from Brockhole’s jetty.
In the house you can discover more about the lake District. There is an exhibition and a shop with books, maps and gifts. There is a restaurant and tea room with terraced seating outside.
In June 2011 Brockhole constructed a jetty on Windermere which is suitable for the landing of big steamers. It also makes wheelchair access and access for parents with pushchairs much easier.
The house was built by wealthy Manchester silk merchant William Henry Aldolphus Gaddum who in 1895 bought four plots of farm land. Architect Dan Gibson designed the house and the local landscape gardener Thomas Mawson laid out the five acres of formal gardens, landscaping the remaining 25 acres to provide spectacular views of the lake and fells.
A frequent visitor to the house was Beatrix Potter, a cousin of Mrs Gaddum. She refers to visits to the house in her journals.
- Various events are held throughout the year, which are listed in a leaflet available from tourist information centres.
- For more information about the Lake District National Park, and Brockhole, see www.lake-district.gov.uk
Grid Ref : SD 389009
Windermere, LA23 1LJ. Tel: 015394 46601.