Brockhole Visitor Centre & Gardens

Brockhole Visitor Centre and Gardens is found right on the A591, next to White Cross Bay where many of our lodges are situated.  There is a magnificent house, built by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, who had it designed for him and his family in the late 1890’s as a summer home.  Beatrix Potter occasionally visited, as William was married to Emily – Beatrix’s cousin…!

There are lovely grounds covering 30 acres, and stretching right down to the lakeshore, with 10 acres of formal gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson, internationally renowned as a key influence during the Arts & Crafts movement.

The terrace enjoys a beautiful view of the famous Langdale Pikes: Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle,

There are regular garden walks, and garden open days each year. See what’s on for more details.

Head down to the lakeshore, and you can walk right out ‘into’ the lake, on the jetty.  Here too you can pick up a steamer and head off all around the lake on a cruise.

There’s so much to do here – adventure playground, Tree Top Trek and Tree Top Nets; indoor play; a cafe serving local food; a shop with interesting gifts and books; a variety of exhibitions and displays;  mini-golf, pony rides; archery; boat and bike hire; and their new attraction ‘Brave the Cave’.  A caving experience for adventurer’s from ages 5-8, where your little ones get kitted up with helmet and head torch, ready to take on the challenge. They’ll discover ancient cave paintings; hidden creepy creatures and even navigate the cave in complete darkness. Badges will be awarded to all who succeed and Brave the Cave!

Read more about their activities here

Tree Top Trek and Tree Top Nets are incredibly popular attractions – brave the heights and enjoy the view from the tree canopy.

Hints & Tips:  Brockhole gets busy during school holidays, and in particular Tree Top Trek and Nets – book on line before you go.

Why we like it:  There’s always something new and exciting to explore – the views are amazing and even in the winter its a lovely stroll down to the water’s edge.