View of boats on Windermere from Lake District Visitor Centre copyright Charlie Hedley

Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre: its future

We are all about…

“Creating an inspiring Visitor Centre that encourages visitors and local people to explore and celebrate the Lake District”

Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window) is already open 364 days a year. We want to develop it to be a place where visitors can get a taste of the Lake District. This means giving things a go and gaining confidence and skills to go out into the National Park to have your own adventures.


1. To provide an orientation centre which is an all-weather destination and a taster venue that encourages exploration of the Lake District.

2. To act as an example of sustainability:

  • showcasing local materials, food and products
  • demonstrating sustainable energy, water and operation
  • encouraging sustainable transport choices by visitors

3. To transform the Centre from a cost centre to a profit centre for the National Park Authority.

Completed Projects

  • New Jetty/Pier (link to jetty page)
  • Tree Top TrekWoodland Adventure (link to webpage)

Our plan for the future

  • Revamped adventure playground
  • Restored gardens
  • Alternative Use for the White house
  • New watersports centre
  • New visitor centre
  • Future events and concerts

A Vision for Brockhole: The Masterplan

During 2012, Landscape architects Planit I.E were awarded the task of drawing up a Masterplan for Brockhole, focussing on the use and development of the site over the next 10-15 years.

Planit's team know Brockhole well, having been the designers of the new Brockhole jetty, which won the Landscape Institute's design award in November 2012. They consulted extensively with neighbours, LDNPA staff and members, local businesses and interest groups over a 3 month period from May to July. Authority members approved the principle of the masterplan in December 2012 and  the final details were approved by the Programme Board in March 2013. A launch event for the Masterplan took place at Brockhole in September 2013, attended by over 80 stakeholders, interested parties and contractors.

The Masterplan is not intended to be a blueprint for Brockhole, but more a "wishlist" of ideas that would work well together. It offers a "loose fit, long life" approach to the development of this extraordinary site.

View the Masterplan (opens in new window)