Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre

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Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole showing heritage elements, a house and a garden

Traverse the largest lake in England and relish the relaxed atmosphere at this base equipped with rental equipment and activities for the family.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is a fun family site with picturesque gardens and thrilling activities. On the northeastern shore of Windermere, England’s largest lake, the base has boats available to rent alongside bikes and pony rides. Bring your kids to the center for days of diversion with games, a playground and nature trails.

Embark on the Beatrix Potter Trail to learn about the wildlife that inspired the 20th-century writer in her children’s books about animals. Try the Discovery Trail to find out about the region’s history and vegetation. Many other trails mix walks with boat rides in Windermere.

Stroll through the designer gardens to see camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. Enjoy views of the lake and the Langdale Pikes from the terraces. Play mini golf with the kids on the course with innovative features having a Lake District theme.

Bring the kids to Bigland Hall Equestrian for a pony ride. Safety hats and riding boots are provided. Relax with a picnic while children play in the free adventure playground, which is full of swings, zip wires and scramble nets.

Explore the Treetop Nets, which consist of a trail of giant trampolines, tunnels and slides. The Treetop Trek has 35 challenges for kids, including aerial obstacles and zip lines. Rent a bike to cycle through the scenic terrain around the lake.

The visitor center contains exhibits on local themes including aerial photographs of the region and lake history. Try Cumbrian cuisine from the café with views of Windermere. Purchase souvenirs, maps and guidebooks from the gift shop. Find perfume, jewelry and cuddly toys for kids.

Hours vary depending on the time of year, but the center is generally open daily from morning until late afternoon. Enter the center and café for free and pay for individual attractions.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre stands on the northeastern side of Windermere Lake. Follow brown signs for the visitor center on your way from Ambleside, 2 miles (3 kilometer) north. Pay to park your car in the parking lot.

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Windermere Manor Hotel
Windermere Manor Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,679 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Windermere and Orrest Head. Old Laundry Theatre and World of Beatrix Potter are also within ...
3.9/5 Good! (243 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

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Cragwood Country House Hotel
Cragwood Country House Hotel
4 out of 5
Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is ¥22,065 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (199 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Cragwood Country House Hotel
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is ¥48,184 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Windermere, Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre, and Ambleside Pier. Townend and White ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (333 reviews)
"Fantastic facilities, beautifully located and makes the best of stunning vista. Black cushions in room were stained which spoiled the perfection a little. Paying extra £12 per day for parking because not booked via English Lakes seems a bit harsh and petty. There is a sign in reception that advised ..."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Low Wood Bay
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Windermere Manor Hotel
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Cragwood Country House Hotel
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The price is ¥22,065 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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The price is ¥20,525 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
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The Old Barn
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