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Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre

March 28, 2011

Sometimes you go somewhere so often you don’t think about it, it’s just there. Well Brockhole Visitor Centre is one of these places. How could I have not written about it before?

A host of golden daffodils at Brockhole

It’s somewhere that all the family can enjoy and a great source of information about what’s on in the Lake District. Situated on the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside it’s easily accessible, plenty of parking, and that is all you pay for, parking. No entry charge to the house and exhibitions. The 555 bus stops right outside too if you are travelling by public transport.

Lake District Visitor Centre Brockhole

I had been busy all day and it was mid afternoon, so I just wanted a quick trip out and a walk in the sunshine, but I also wanted to know about an upcoming event so Brockhole fitted the bill.

Brockhole Pier to Langdale Pikes

What a fantastic view, I walked through the gardens to see how the new pier they were building was coming on. It was still being built but from Summer 2011 it will be possible to get one of the Windermere steamers right to Brockhole. For the time being I was happy just to sit and take in the view from the existing pier.

View from Brockhole

There is a brilliant adventure playground situated in the grounds and when my son was little we spent many a happy hour there. We even hired a room and had his Birthday party here once. Brockhole also puts on events and something new for this year is a dawn stroll to find out more about the birds in the garden. I think I might be tempted with that. They also do Summer Sunday music on the terrace which is a lovely event.

Across the meadow to Brockhole

I walked back to the main building and what a brilliant display in front of me.

A host of golden daffodils at Brockhole

The display of daffodils was stunning in the sunshine. It was such a gorgeous day so early in the year. The house and gardens date back to the 1890’s and the garden was designed by Thomas Mawson. It was home to the Gaddum family who were related to Beatrix Potter.

Monkey Puzzle Tree Brockhole

You could almost imagine this monkey puzzle tree was a palm tree! Time for a cup of tea, and that is something else that is a pleasure at Brockhole. Tea on the terrace.

A seat with a view. Brockhole

Brockhole has a great shop with lots of Cumbrian products, books, maps and gifts. There are lots of leaflets to pick up about events, and things like the geology of the Lake District. I always discover something new I didn’t know when I visit.

Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre

So if your are visiting the Lake District it’s always worth stopping off for a visit to Brockhole. When it’s raining there are exhibitions to look at, when the sun shines, well it’s just a wonderful place to be.

  1. Terrific blog…

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