Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Be wild and try something new, soar through the sky on a treetop adventure, or splash out on the water. Try archery, laser clay shooting, mini golf and our famous woodland playground. Take in the beauty of our awesome mountain views, historic gardens, adult art classes, and taste the best of local food and ale in our lake view cafe or The Gaddum restaurant. Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre on the shores of Windermere is the ultimate start to your Lake District visit.

Visting here, supports here

Brockhole on Windermere is run by the Lake District National Park as our visitor centre. Every penny made here goes back to supporting our work taking care of the National Park.

Family in a rowing boat on Windermere

Hire a boat

Hire motor boats, rowing boats, sit on top kayaks, race in open canoes or try a paddle board to enjoy the views out on Lake Windermere.

Hire a motor boat, kayak or paddleboard on Windermere

Archery with Windermere lake in the background

Take aim with Archery

Hit the bullseye with traditional archery. Set in the stunning Brockhole grounds on the edge of Lake Windermere.

View and book archery at Brockhole

Visitors taking part in the Laser Clay Shooting.

Laser Clay Shooting

Using our brand new laser-adapted rifles, take aim at clays travelling through the air at up to 65mph, and see how many points you can score.

Book your laser clay session

Adventure playground

Adventure Playgroud

Packed with rope walks, slides, swings, scramble nets and zip wire for the kids.

See the free adventure playground at Brockhole

Explore the gardens

Take a stroll around the grounds to the Windermere lakeshore, and see our restoration of the Mawson designed kitchen gardens.

View the gardens and grounds

Cafe terrace amongst a summer garden


Sample Cumbrian cooking at its best in our café whilst enjoying the views from the terrace overlooking Lake Windermere.

See the Brockhole family friendly cafe menu

The Gaddum Afternoon Tea

The Gaddum Restaurant

Enjoy delightful lunches, classic afternoon teas and seasonal sunset dining set in the very heart of the Lake District at the beautiful 19th century Brockhole on Windermere!

View the menus and book a table at The Gaddum

Contact Brockhole

The Lake District Visitor Centre
Cumbria LA23 1FF

Parking charges apply


Call: 015394 46601


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Transport Links

Brockhole has its own jetty where Windermere Lake Cruises boats run from Ambleside and Bowness all year round. Frequent buses serve the stops at the entrance to the site on the A591, linking Brockhole to Ambleside, Bowness, Windermere Rail Station and beyond. For more information and links to timetables visit our travel and transport page.

How to get to Brockhole on Windermere